As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues his efforts to safeguard the integrity of the state’s electoral process, he is unearthing voter fraud, a phenomenon that liberals claim does not exist.
DeSantis has now revealed that his Election Crime Unit has uncovered another another incidence of voter fraud with the arrest of Cheryl Ann Leslie, who is accused of casting numerous ballots in different states.
The 55-year-old Florida citizen was detained and accused on two third-degree felony counts of voter fraud for voting in numerous elections in both Alaska and Florida, Florida’s Voice News said.
The Florida Secretary of State’s office informed the media that Leslie submitted an absentee ballot from Alaska and subsequently voted in person during early voting in Palm Beach County.
The matter was forwarded to the Election Crime Unit for additional investigation, and she was placed into the Palm Beach County jail with a $1,000 bond.
Fox News reports that Leslie, a Loxahatchee, Florida resident and registered Democrat, voted illegally in the 2020 elections.
“The Florida Department of State, Office of Election Crimes and Security is grateful for our partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement,” Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Cord Byrd, said in a statement. “This arrest is yet another confirmation to every eligible Florida voter that the Department of State and FDLE are working together to ensure the integrity of their vote and Florida’s elections process.”
The Office of Election Crimes and Security was established in 2021 by legislation approved by Governor DeSantis (Senate Bill 524).
In November of last year, DeSantis revealed his desire to create the new police unit as part of his election integrity measures.
The accusations against Leslie are not the first outcome of the electoral crime unit’s investigation. The team has also filed charges for voter fraud across the state, including accusations against 20 individuals who allegedly voted in 2020 despite having felony records that prohibit them from doing so.
The infractions were committed by murderers and sexual criminals who voted without having their voting privileges restored by the authorities.
In 2018, Florida restored the voting rights of convicted felons, however this restoration is subject to specific restrictions. For example, murderers and sexual offenders do not qualify for the restoration of their voting rights.
“They are disqualified from voting because they’ve been convicted of either murder or sexual assault, and they do not have the right to vote. They have been disenfranchised under Florida law … That is against the law, and now they’re going to pay the price for it,” the announcement said.
The third-degree felony charge carries a potential five-year jail penalty if the suspects are found guilty.
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