The state has appealed two counts of voter fraud, which were dismissed after Miami judges ruled that the state was unable to pursue felony charges against two Miami-area men.
Ronald Lee Miller and Robert Lee Wood are among 20 defendants whose arrests for voter fraud and false oaths as governor were announced in August. Ron DeSantis highlighted the achievements of his newly formed Electoral Police. It has since come to light that many of the defendants were cleared to vote at both the state and county levels and were even told by authorities that they were eligible to vote.
So far, none of the prosecutions in these cases have resulted in a new prison sentence.
On 11/28 Romana Oliver pleaded no contest to a felony charge during the 2020 election while ineligible for a plea deal that allowed her to avoid further punishment, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
On November 21, the case of electoral fraud runs counter Tony Patterson was dropped in Hillsborough County for “information received” by the Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor and because he had previously been sentenced to prison on another count, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
On October 21, a judge dropped Woods’ criminal case, and the state appealed on November 8.
Miller’s case was dismissed on December 7th and the appeal was filed on December 8th.
Another request for dismissal is pending at the Broward County Courthouse Terry Hubbard of Pompano Beach in front of judges George Odom Jr. On Monday.
All 20 arrested in the August announcement had been convicted of murder or sexual assault. And in some cases, those arrested seem to have been confused by the passage of Amendment 4, which allows criminals to vote after their sentences have been served.
post-reporting on the subject revealed that the detainees’ ballot applications went through the proper channels and were approved by both local polling supervisors and the Florida State Department. one of those arrested Nathaniel Singletonwas issued a voter ID by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections after he was arrested for voter fraud, according to the Miami Herald.
That Bureau of Electoral Crimes and Security was created in the 2022 legislative session amid criticism from Democrats that electoral crimes were not common enough to justify establishing the office, which cost $3.7 million. The first boss of the office, Peter Antonaccidied in September, shortly after taking office.
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