Florida voters dismiss DeSantis allegations of election fraud

A Florida man became the first 20 people to be elected governor by dismissing allegations of election fraud on Friday. Ron DeSantis announced in August that he had been charged with voter fraud to win his case. The Miami judge’s ruling now paved the way for similar consent and rulings in 19 other electoral fraud cases. announced in August. 18. At the time, DeSantis said the Florida’s newly-funded Office of Election Crimes and Security was “initial attack” to crack down on voter fraud. One vote as an ineligible elector was dismissed because the prosecutor did not have adequate jurisdiction. Wood was facing up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine and fees for illegally voting in the 2020 elections, when the charges were announced in August. DeSantis said at a press conference on the 18th that he had “hate” that local prosecutors dealt with cases of election fraud. [cases] On behalf of the State of Florida,” he said. However, a judge on Friday found that statewide prosecutors had no jurisdiction over a case in Miami. Election Fraud Case Filed in August In order for statewide prosecutors to have jurisdiction, the alleged offense must have occurred in at least two judicial circuits. The judge agreed with the defendants. Ineligible, Occurs Only in Miami-Dade County Therefore, statewide prosecutors were found to have no jurisdiction. It was later delivered to the State Department at Tallahassee. Defendants argued that the alleged crime occurred only in Miami-Dade. The judge cited defense, even the ci judge in the order granting the motion to dismiss Shakespeare’s “Henry VI”. Referring to statewide prosecutors, the judge wrote in the order that “his arms were spread wider than the wings of a dragon.” [the statewide prosecutor] “It’s an old fact that all politics is local,” the judge added.[The statewide prosecutor] Wood’s attorney, Larry Davis, said his motion to dismiss on grounds of jurisdiction had been circulated to attorneys representing other election fraud defendants. The statewide prosecutor can now appeal the case. If it fails, the Democratic Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, will also have the option of prosecuting. At a press conference a few days before the Florida primary in August, DeSantis said at the press conference that 20 people who voted in 2020 were charged with voting. They have all been convicted of murder or felony sex offenses and have been deprived of their voting rights under Florida law, DeSantis added. But they continued to vote. It is illegal and now they will pay the price,” said the governor. According to the Tampa Bay Times, people charged with illegal voting have been sent ballot cards from the state. Many of them told their agents: “In court records, According to the report, they believed they deserved it, including Wood, who was charged with second-degree murder in 1991. Wood registered to vote in 2020 after being approached by a voter rights advocate at a grocery store. According to the arrest affidavit I completed, I did not fill out this form, I just signed it. My right to vote has been restored. Voter rights advocates say this provision is particularly disturbed by the passage of Amendment 4. Florida’s 2018 Constitution provides for allegations of sexual felony or murder. restored the voting rights of all felons except those convicted of It was our intention to give the state some waiver if ineligible persons register without the intention of committing voter fraud.” According to Robert Barrar, a criminal defense attorney representing another defendant accused of election fraud, a voter is only convicted by proving that he or she voted while ineligible. Mark Earley, president of the Florida Election Supervisors Association, told ABC News that local inspectors do not have the resources to verify the criminal records of potential voters. It is the State Department’s duty, he said. to Tallahassee, where elections officials can verify convictions on the voters rolls. Voting cards are sent to voters when information indicates that they are ineligible to vote, Earley said, unless they receive a packet containing: However, as a Division of Elections official explained in a 2020 federal case, the backlog caused Florida to “struggle” to come up with a process. The Tampa Bay Times reported that it was unclear whether the State Department sent these packets to local elections officials to identify ineligible felons. However, according to the Tampa Bay Times, local elections officials sent all 20 voter cards to the arrested voters. Former Election Crime and Security Commissioner Pete Antonacci sent a letter reviewed by ABC News on the day of the governor’s announcement to local elections commissioners, saying that convicted felons “not at their fault” voted in the county. Neil Volz, deputy director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, who helped Brandes with the Fourth Amendment, said Friday’s ruling “reinforces our resolve to continue to put the people ahead of politics” in a statement. The judgment in Wood is the first. Dispositions in 18 cases issued by Florida Law Enforcement after the DeSantis announcement.
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