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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Proposes First-of-Its-Kind Election Police Force

HeadlineJan 21, 2022

In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has proposed a special police force to monitor elections. DeSantis first floated the idea during his State of the State address in Tallahassee last week.

Gov. Ron DeSantis: “To ensure that elections are conducted in accordance with the rule of law, I’ve proposed an election integrity unit whose sole focus will be the enforcement of Florida’s election laws.”

DeSantis has asked Florida’s GOP-controlled state Legislature to approve some $6 million to hire 52 people to “investigate, detect, apprehend, and arrest anyone for an alleged violation” of election laws. Currently no state allows for such a police force.

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