Florida makes arrests in voter fraud crackdown

The state of Florida continues to take steps to sure up the integrity of the voting system following the 2020 elections.

A newly-released video shows Florida police making voter fraud arrests. 

What’s going on?

This is all part of the ongoing voting-related investigations that are being carried out by Florida’s new Office of Election Crimes and Security.

The office was proposed in legislation passed by Florida’s congress, and it was signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) back in April.

This is one of the steps that Florida Republicans have taken to ensure the integrity of elections following the widespread concerns that were raised following the 2020 elections.

“I don’t think there’s any place in the country where you should have more confidence that your vote counts than in the State of Florida,” DeSantis said at the bill’s signing.

Now, we are starting to see some action from the Office of Election Crimes and Security.

The arrests

The Tampa Bay Times has reported on the recent arrests that were carried out by state and local police and captured on video. The arrests took place on August 18.

The outlet reports that there were 19 arrests, and 12 of these arrests were of Democrats. The outlet is clearly trying to make it look as though DeSantis, here, is merely going after his political opposition. But, a crime is a crime, regardless of party affiliation.

The outlet reports that those arrested “are accused of violating a state law that doesn’t allow people convicted of murder or felony sex offenses to automatically be able to vote after they complete their sentence.”

The Times goes on to make it appears as though the individuals arrested are victims, claiming that those arrested were confused by Florida’s laws on the subject. The outlet writes:

. . . the [2018] amendment and subsequent actions by state lawmakers caused mass confusion about who was eligible, and the state’s voter registration forms offer no clarity. They only require a potential voter to swear, under penalty of perjury, that they’re not a felon, or if they are, that their rights have been restored. The forms do not clarify that those with murder convictions don’t get automatic restoration of their rights.

We’ll see if that defense holds up in court. Those arrested are facing up to five years in prison.