Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) wants to create a body that would be tasked with investigating and arresting anyone who commits voting fraud in his state, Breitbart reports.
DeSantis made the proposal during his recent State of the State address.
“To ensure that elections are conducted in accordance with the rule of law, I have proposed an election integrity unit whose sole focus will be the enforcement of Florida’s election laws,” DeSantis said. “This will facilitate the faithful enforcement of election laws and will provide Floridians with the confidence that their vote will count.”
According to reports, DeSantis is looking to set aside $6 million to create what he is calling the Office of Election Crimes and Security. The Office of Election Crimes and Security would be located in Tallahassee.
It would have 52 staff members, including 45 investigators, who would be distributed throughout the state. Their job would be to “investigate, detect, apprehend, and arrest anyone for an alleged violation” of the state’s election laws.
It appears the Office of Election Crimes, here, would be working side-by-side with local prosecutors and/or the state’s attorney general, who would pursue any violations in court.
Will it happen?
The members of Florida’s congress will have the first 60-days of their legislative session to determine whether or not to move forward with DeSantis’s proposed Office of Election Crimes and Security.
At the moment, it is unclear what chance the proposal has of becoming a reality. A number of Florida Republicans have indicated that they are undecided on the idea.
Florida House Speaker Rep. Chris Sprowls (R), summed up the view of these undecided Republicans, saying, “We’re going to look at it, we’ll evaluate it and see what happens.”
Other Florida Republicans, however, such as Anthony Sabatini (R), are all for it.
“Having a mechanism to enforce Florida law, which prohibits illegal aliens from voting and those who are not Florida residents, is commonsense,” Sabatini said. “Republicans win elections when only legal, chain of custody votes are counted.”
This comes as a number of Republican-led states are looking to beef up election integrity following the 2020 elections. While Republicans maintain that such measures are needed to restore public confidence in America’s elections, the Democrats have claimed that such measures amount to voter suppression.