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Florida Kicks Off ‘Voter Fraud’ Crackdown With 17 Arrests

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that 17 people have been charged with casting ineligible ballots in the 2020 election, the first arrests made as part of the governor’s crackdown on voting crimes led by the state’s new office of election crimes and security, the New York Times reports. Critics called the announcement a publicity stunt that says less about the prevalence of voter fraud than it does about flaws in the state’s election security apparatus.

There is no evidence that election crimes are a serious problem in Florida or in any state in the country. Most cases seem to be inadvertently cast ineligible ballots, including votes cast by former felons or ‘double ballots’ cast by people who live in two or more states. The 17 people charged in Florida had all previously been convicted of felony murder or sex offenses and were barred by law from voting, but they were not prevented by the state from registering to vote or casting a ballot.

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