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State Rep talks election integrity, recent arrests ahead of tomorrow’s Primary Election

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A Miami-Dade County Elections Department employee tests voting equipment that will be used in the upcoming state primary election, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Doral, Fla. Early voting starts Monday, Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

(MIAMI, FLA) — State Representative Daniel Perez, (R-Miami) joined The South Florida Morning Show to talk about election integrity and a bill he recently had passed to make voter fraud a felony in Florida.

There is also the added oversight this year from the newly created state Office of Elections Crimes and Security.

As a result of the new legislation, at least 20 felons who voted illegally and three people from The Villages who voted twice in the 2020 election were charged with voter fraud.

This month, a third resident of The Villages admitted to voting twice during the 2020 election, court records show.

Joan Halstead, 73, entered a pretrial intervention program allowing her to avoid potential prison time if she successfully completes community service and a civics class.

Voter fraud used to be a misdemeanor in Florida now it is a third-degree felony punishable by a five-year prison sentence and $5000 fine.

State Senator Daniel Perez says he sponsored the bill that made election fraud a felony and not a single Democrat voted for it despite the fact that voters in all three parties have been busted.
Governor Ron DeSantis claims in the individuals who violated the  state’s election laws on felon voting rights voted despite being disqualified due to prior convictions of either sexual assault or murder.

Meanwhile, the people arrested for voter fraud in The Villages in 2021 were reportedly registered Republicans.  Florida’s Secretary of State first learned about three of the alleged double voting cases after receiving anonymous emails from a self-described “citizen election integrity analyst” who used the pseudonym “Totes Legit Votes.”

The offending voters who have pleaded guilty avoided jailtime and must instead complete a civics course and community service.

Listen to the full interview with State Rep. Daniel Perez here: