DeSantis announced today he is creating a new police unit to pursue election crimes full-time and wants lawmakers to enhance penalties for those who cheat when they vote.


It will be called the Office of Election Crimes and Security.


“I guarantee you this: The first person that gets caught, no one is going to want to do it again after that,” DeSantis said in describing the deterrent he hopes to create with the new investigative office.


DeSantis also called on the GOP-controlled Legislature to put additional restrictions on the use of drop boxes.  “I don’t even think we should have drop boxes.”


“If someone’s ballot harvesting, you report it to these people and this is their sole job.  Some of these counties, some of them will do the cases but that’s not their expertise. They got all these other crimes that they have to deal with. So by the time it happens, the election’s already over.”






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