Tallahassee Eyes Arresting Citizens For "Harassing" Election Officials
Although there has never been a reported case of anyone harassing an election official in Florida, somehow, after the problems with the current administrators, Sec. of State Cord Byrd, and Director of Elections, Maria Matthews, were made public, the legislators felt the need for such a bill. Funny that.
The proposed legislation enables an election worker to decide what might constitute "harassment". The proposed penalties for violation of HB721 include imprisonment. This bill has now been fast-tracked to the state Senate for approval. A consulting group, Ramba, with connections to the new chair of the RPOF, Evan Power, lobbied in favor of the bill.
Florida, like most other states, already has a law against harassment on the books, and it is the responsibility of law enforcement to attend to such complaints when they arise. There is NO need for another harassment law, except for one that I can see -- to scare citizens away from looking into Florida's elections.
The threat of jail time; being attacked in your own home and dragged away, in front of family and neighbors; your legal firearms confiscated and DeSantis's Red Flag Law being invoked against you; finding, and affording to hire legal counsel to defend you against the state; and the complete life-changing misery that would be felt by a good person placed in this situation. . . THIS is what Tallahassee is counting on, to keep election fraud under wraps.
We already know that massive irregularities in voter rolls have been proven and, thanks to ordinary citizens, are being rectified. A number of the Supervisors of Elections were not happy about this. Apparently, some in Tallahassee were not either.
Since seeking the truth is only against the law in totalitarian societies, Floridians have a problem. It seems like the bright red veneer of that once "good red state" is peeling away, and what's underneath is looking less like America and more like a totalitarian society.
Cord Byrd and Maria Matthews are in obvious violation of the ordinances concerning elections which govern their jobs. Their responsibilities include registering only citizens to vote, and ensuring safe and secure election equipment through annual checks according to national standards. Those machine security checks have been called "horribly substandard" by the nation's leading expert in the field.
As to the proof of citizenship to register to vote? Maria Matthews removed the check box on drivers' license applications for that in 2019, and has required every employee at every motor vehicle licensing center to provide a voter registration form to any and all. That was at the beginning of DeSantis's first term.
Thus, Byrd and Matthews were asked by the Florida Republican assembly to resign. That is what started this firestorm of purposed legislation against "harassment". Guess getting caught is harassment.
Speaking of DeSantis, where IS he on all this? He is supposedly re-involved in matters of Florida, yet he has said nothing publicly about this clearly unconstitutional bill which takes the definition of a crime away from existing law and creates a protected class of election officials who can decide on what constitutes a violation. It can only be assumed that he agrees with it. After all, he never found a problem with the J6 Purge.
God bless you, Florida. You got your awol governor back, and now, this. You have a VERY serious issue here. When combined with the infighting among conservatives, your wonderful state is moving along the road to destruction, and to becoming another California...ugh...sorry, I know...but I'm trying to light some fires under people here...
Light up every phone line and Twitter account and tell those elected to represent you, that this kind of thing does NOT. Tell everyone in every state what is going down in Florida.
While you're at it, remind them to be VERY grateful that DeGov is probably never going to be their POTUS!