Saturday, January 28, 2023

Third election police case made by DeSantis dismissed

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ( Associated Press) – A court has dismissed a third case involving a man arrested by Florida Gov. election police. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Terry Hubbard, 63, was among 20 people arrested last August on illegal voting charges, in what was the first crackdown by the controversial new Office of Election Security.

A Broward County judge dismissed the case, saying that the state’s attorney’s office had no jurisdiction because it could only bring charges for crimes committed in two or more counties. Two other cases were quashed for similar reasons.

Election policing drew harsh criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups, who believe it could be used as a political tool by the governor.

Some of those arrested in August were convicted of murder or sex crimes, and were therefore exempt from a constitutional amendment that restored the right to vote to some criminals. Most of those people were from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, which have a strong Democratic presence.

DeSantis, mentioned as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, pushed the legislature to create an election police amid allegations of fraud among Republicans, especially in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s false claims.

Cases of electoral fraud in the United States are uncommon, occur in isolated incidents, and are usually detected undetected. An Associated Press investigation into the 2020 election found no fewer than 475 possible cases of fraud among the 25.5 million ballots cast in the six states Trump and his allies say they won. DeSantis has praised Florida in the past for running a smooth election in 2020.

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