Over the course of the last year and a half, there has been one vast and vicious debate in this nation that remains yet unresolved.
I’m talking, of course, about the 2020 election and our country’s confidence crisis concerting the contest.
From the very moment that the vote tallies began shifting, late on Tuesday night, those in the American political spectrum began spinning those results in a myriad of ways. The loudest voice in the figurate room was, unsurprisingly, then-President Donald Trump who believes to this day that the election was stolen from him.
His loyal followers agree, and have lauded state and local officials to do something, anything to shore up our electoral security.
The Sunshine State has heard this plea loud and clear.
Florida legislators passed a Republican-backed bill Wednesday that would establish an office to pursue reports of election crimes while creating a separate police force for investigations, even though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
The House passed the legislation, which would make other changes to election laws to prevent or catch voter fraud, in a 76-41 party-line vote after the Senate approved it last week. It now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.
How exactly would the team operate?
The bill would create an Office of Election Crimes and Security within the Florida State Department and authorize hiring 15 investigators to run a voter fraud hotline and vet claims of election crimes. Ten sworn law enforcement agents would be assigned to investigate fraud as part of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which includes the Capitol Police and other statewide operations.
And while those on the right side of the aisle will certainly be applauding the move, there is little doubt that the mainstream media will be ridiculing Florida and its governor in the coming weeks, hoping to deter other Republican lawmakers from getting any ideas.