UPDATED 4:03 PM PT – Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced new measures to protect election integrity and defend constitutional freedoms in his state at an event in West Palm Beach.
In a news conference on Wednesday, the governor said he has established a new law enforcement agency to investigate all reports and evidence of election fraud. DeSantis said the new agency will look into illegal ballot harvesting, ballot dumping and other types of election crimes.
He also stressed Florida has increased criminal penalties for tampering with elections.
“If you see somebody brings a stack of ballots and they’re stuffing them in a drop box, you have a place that will field these complaints and will immediately be able to investigate and hold them accountable,” said DeSantis. A news release said the Office of Election Crimes and Security would be formed “within the Department of State to investigate election crimes and fraud.”
Meanwhile, DeSantis also stressed he’s ramping up the fight against vaccine mandates in order to protect the jobs and livelihoods of all Floridians.
In Florida, there will be no vaccine mandate for children in our schools.
This is a decision that belongs to parents. pic.twitter.com/EEu13HZ41c
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 30, 2021