Tuesday, November 8, 2022

DeSantis Halts Biden Election Monitors In Florida Polling Locations

DeSantis Halts Biden Election Monitors In Florida Polling Locations

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has refused to allow federal election monitors from the Justice Department into polling locations.

In a statement earlier this week, the DOJ said it was sending officials to 64 jurisdictions throughout the country - most of which would be in red or purple states.

Included in the list was Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County.

Brad McVay, General Counsel at the Florida Department of State, responded...

"(T)he Florida Department of State received copies of your letters to Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in which you seem to indicate that the Department of Justice will send monitors inside polling places in these counties," reads a letter to the DOJ from McVay.

"We also understand you sent a similar letter to Palm Beach County."

"But Department of Justice monitors are not permitted inside a polling place under Florida law," McVay continues.

"Section 102.031(3)(a) of the Florida Statutes lists the people who ‘may enter any polling room or polling place.Department of Justice personnel are not included on the list. Even if they could qualify as ‘law enforcement’ under section 102.031(3)(a)6. of the Florida Statutes, absent some evidence concerning the need for federal intrusion, or some federal statute that preempts Florida law, the presence of federal law enforcement inside polling places would be counterproductive and could potentially undermine confidence in the election."

In short, pound sand.

As the Daily Wire notes, McVay's letter noted that the Biden administration's communications with counties in Florida "do not detail the need for federal election monitors.

"None of the counties are currently subject to any election-related federal consent decrees," the letter continues. "None of the counties have been accused of violating the rights of language or racial minorities or of the elderly or disabled."

"Your letters simply provide a non-exhaustive list of federal elections statutes as the basis for this action without pointing to any specific statutory authorization," McVay concludes. "When asked for specific authorization during our phone call this evening, you did not provide any. Accordingly, the Florida Department of State invokes its authority under section 101.58(2) of the Florida Statutes to send its own monitors to the three targeted jurisdictions. These monitors will ensure that there is no interference with the voting process."

Tyler Durden Tue, 11/08/2022 - 17:05