The American Constitutional Rights Union, joined by the Alabama Center for Law and Liberty, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in support of Florida as it defended race-neutral laws regulating drop boxes for vote-by-mail ballots, the return of voter registration forms, and activity at or near a polling place.
Sometimes vote fraud happens from a distance (absentee or mailed ballots) and sometimes it’s up-close and personal. In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the State Attorney is looking into reports of a large up-tick in volunteers from campaigns and city government “helping” the elderly or disabled to vote. In other parts of Florida, only 1 percent of voters need assistance, but in Miami-Dade that number is above 10 percent. Two-thirds of the helpers were city or campaign workers – were they assisting with votes or manipulating them?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a good idea with his budget proposal to create an “election crimes agency” that would “investigate election crimes and irregularities and make referrals for further legal action directly to a statewide prosecutor.” Florida should implement it, and other states should follow. In fact, state legislators should make sure that a statewide prosecutor’s office has jurisdiction to prosecute all such election cases, especially when local prosecutors fail to act.
In just the 2018 and 2020 federal elections, election officials in just nine large Florida counties made over 150 election crime referrals to county prosecutors. Guess how many were prosecuted? You’d be right if you guessed zero.
Florida has this COVID situation figured out. As we’ve known for quite some time, COVID in one form or another is here to stay, kind of like colds and flus, so we better learn to live with it. Mandates and lockdowns won’t work for the next 100 decades. Florida treats adults like, well, adults. If you’re vulnerable take precautions. If you want to get vaccinated, do it. If you don’t, any risk is yours. Just like everything else in life. In short, be responsible for yourself and your own. Just the way it should be.
Writing to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and FSU President John Thrasher, Sabatini said students in the College of Music “are being forced to show proof of vaccination before the Fall semester begins in violation of Florida law.” DeSantis recently signed legislation barring corporations or government entities from requiring a vaccination as a condition to receive a service or do business.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a national lead in opposing a federal takeover of your private life and personal decisions through a “vaccine passport.” The Governor issued an Executive Order banning this encroachment on more rights than we can count. We hope other governors follow his lead in defending the Constitution and their constituents and that the Florida legislature turns the language in this executive order into some strong legislation.
ACRU President Lori Roman applauds Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida for his leadership in pushing back against COVID "passports" and protecting freedom.
The report from the national Healthy Elections project said the uncounted ballots came in late or had "defects" that prevented them being counted.More than 18,000 Floridians who voted by mail in March’s presidential primary did not have their votes counted, according to an analysis done by a group of national elections experts and academics.