Ron DeSantis Announces New Office for Election Integrity

Ron DeSantis Announces New Office for Election Integrity

( – Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the state’s new election integrity law, Senate Bill 90, into law on May 6. The measure strengthens voter ID requirements, bans ballot harvesting, and prohibits the mass mailing of ballots. However, DeSantis is far from satisfied with Florida’s efforts to preserve election integrity.

On Tuesday, November 2, DeSantis announced a new legislative measure to protect future Florida elections better. Florida lawmakers will address DeSantis’ proposed measure during their upcoming 2022 legislative session, which begins in January.

His proposal includes four measures:

  1. Creation of an Office of Election Crimes and Security to oversee election-related investigations;
  2. Elevation of ballot harvesting crimes to a third-degree felony to serve as a deterrent to future criminal conduct;
  3. Imposition of timelines for clearing voter rolls of ineligible individuals;
  4. Elimination of unsecured and arbitrary drop box locations.

DeSantis expressed excitement over the measure. He explained the passage of his proposed legislative measure would give state officials the power to enforce election laws, fight voter fraud, and “make sure violators are held accountable.” As DeSantis explained, the threat of accountability will serve as a deterrent to “improper conduct in the first place.”

What do you think about DeSantis’ announcement? Do you think other states should follow his lead?

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