DeSantis Announced Arrests of 20 Illegal Voters in Florida

DeSantis Announced Arrests of 20 Illegal Voters in Florida

Election Integrity up to bat in Florida

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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August 18, 2022

Fort Lauderdale—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his Florida Office of Election Crimes and Security and the Florida (ECSF)Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), have arrested 20 individuals for breaking Florida’s elections laws.

“All 20 of these individuals were disqualified from voting after they were convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, but they chose to vote anyway, and now they have all been charged with voter fraud — a third-degree felony punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison,” stated a press release.

In 2020, Florida ran an efficient, transparent election that avoided the major problems we saw in other states. At the same time, the election was not perfect, which is why we continue our efforts to ensure the integrity of our elections,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Our new election crimes office has sprung into action to hold individuals accountable for voter fraud. Today’s actions send a clear signal to those who are thinking about ballot harvesting or fraudulently voting. If you commit an elections crime, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“In Florida your vote counts,” said FDLE Director Mike McHargue “we will do anything in our power to ensure that those who cannot legally vote never cast a ballot.’

Secretary of State Cord Byrd outline how important it was to prosecute even the smallest case of corruption.

“Even minor corruption in the election process threatens the constitutional right of representative government,” added Secretary Byrd.

During the question and answer portion of the event, Gov. DeSantis was asked by The Floridian if there were an ongoing investigation of illegal voting being conducted in regard to the current 2022 midterm election.

The 20 individuals were arrested as a result of the crimes they allegedly committed during the 2020 presidential election.

“We are going to be very watchful of the people who vote, comparing the people who vote in this primary to the people who are ineligible,” Pete Antonacci, Director of the ECSF.

Gov. DeSantis said that there were existing investigations “that they are pursuing now,” but did not divulge any more details considering that there were open investigations.

DeSantis added that he would like to see the federal government help with Florida’s investigation into potential illegal voting by illegal immigrants, but the Biden administration has not been cooperative.

“That has not been the case. Their interests lie elsewhere,” said DeSantis.

Democrat Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried claims DeSantis is trying to "intimidates voters and suppress turnout."

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at [email protected]

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