(As originally published with bells and whistles, Thu, August 18th 2022, 12:48 PM EDT)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS12) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced 20 convicted felons have been charged with illegal voting and the majority are from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
DeSantis said the arrests — happening Thursday afternoon — are the first result of the new Office of Election Integrity that he conceived of, and the legislature approved.
The governor explained that the 20 people had been convicted of murder or sexual assault, and their right to vote had been taken away, but they voted anyway.
“They have been disenfranchised under Florida law,” DeSantis said.
He added, more arrests will happen but not right away, and the Office of Election Integrity only began working July 1.
DeSantis warned people not to vote in more than one state, and that foreign nationals may be the next group arrested.
DeSantis was joined by state attorney general Ashley Moody. Both DeSantis and Moody will be running for reelection in November.
His office had promised “a major announcement” during his Thursday afternoon news conference at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.
The 20 people were among more than 11 million Florida voters who cast ballots in the 2020 election, DeSantis said.