On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced the state’s new Office of Election Crimes and Security had uncovered 20 instances of voter fraud since the office was established on July 1, 2022.
The Hill reports:
“The Office of Election Crimes and Security, in conjunction with the Attorney General’s office and FDLE of the state of Florida, has charged and is in the process of arresting 20 individuals across the state for voter fraud,” DeSantis said.
The governor claimed that the 20 individuals from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties voted despite being disqualified due to previous convictions of either murder or sexual assault.
The state of Florida does not allow convicts of serious crimes including homicide and sexual assault to retain voting rights.
The 20 being charged with voter fraud face up to five years in prison in addition to a $5,000 fine for the third-degree felony, according to DeSantis.