DeSantis administration won’t allow Justice Department monitors into Florida polls, saying its secretary of state will instead monitor the 3 Democratic strongholds
The Ministry of Justice had announced it would send monitors to 64 jurisdictions on Election Day, including three in Florida’s Democratic strongholds: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
“Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Division has regularly monitored field elections in jurisdictions across the country to protect the rights of voters,” the Justice Department said in a statement. a statement.
But according to Brad McVay, general counsel for the Florida Department of State, “the presence of federal law enforcement at polling places would be counterproductive and could potentially undermine confidence in the election.”
McVay wrote that while law enforcement officials are allowed inside polling places, Justice Department comptrollers are unqualified.
McVay said in the letter that Florida would send its own monitors to “the three targeted jurisdictions.”
“These monitors will ensure there is no interference with the voting process,” McVay said. The monitors will be led by the office of the state’s secretary of state — a person appointed by DeSantis.
But on Tuesday, the DOJ said it had received the letter from the DeSantis administration and would still send monitors to monitor outdoor polling places in Florida’s three counties, the Washington Post reported.
The DOJ did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“They can definitely be outside the polls,” Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd said of the monitors. at a press conference on Tuesday.
“None of the counties are currently subject to federal election-related consent decrees,” McVay added. “None of the counties have been accused of violating the rights of linguistic or racial minorities or the elderly or disabled.”
Republicans – including former President Donald Trump – have repeatedly asserted without proof that voter fraud is a rampant problem in the country; experts say voter fraud is rare and too rare to influence elections.