Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party. His next move could catapult him into the upper echelons of power.
DeSantis has proposed to create an Office of Election Crimes and Security as part of an elections security strategy, the Washington Examiner reported. This would designate an entire office to the investigation of fraudulent voting.
“I am excited that with this legislation, our state will be able to enforce election violations, combat voter fraud, and make sure violators are held accountable,” DeSantis said Wednesday. “If potential violators know they will be held accountable, they will be much less likely to engage in improper conduct in the first place.”
The Florida governor has made voter integrity a priority in his state. DeSantis has already implemented legislation that limited mail-in balloting and required signature matches and ID for votes cast by mail.
This newest legislation will be introduced in January when the state Congress will begin its new session. DeSantis has promised to turn the Sunshine State into “the No. 1 state for elections” with some additional provisions.
The proposed bill would require election officials to purge voter rolls in a timely manner to eliminate ineligible voters. It would also prohibit the use of “insecure haphazard drop box locations” that provide an opportunity for illegal ballot harvesting.
The practice is already a third-degree felony, but taking away the boxes eliminates the opportunity to cheat. Meanwhile, Democrats are bent on making fraud easier by pushing for increased vote-by-mail and opposing measures like voter ID.
DeSantis is already popular in the GOP, but these kinds of laws that make voter fraud harder to commit will elevate his profile. Many are pinning their hopes of a 2024 Republican presidency on DeSantis, and this focus on cleaning up elections will only help crystalize that vision.