DeSantis, Florida pushes back on DOJ surveillance of state election sites

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The administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) opposes Department of Justice (DOJ) oversight of three election sites in the state.

A Florida State Department attorney said in a letter to the DOJ on Monday that department comptrollers would not be allowed at polling places in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, saying they were not not permitted under Florida State law.

“…in the absence of evidence regarding the need for federal intrusion, or federal law that overrides Florida law, the presence of federal law enforcement at polling places would be against -productive and could potentially undermine confidence in the election,” General Counsel Brad McVay said in the letter.

The Florida State Department said it would instead send its own monitors to the three counties.

The DOJ announced Monday that it will send monitors to 64 jurisdictions in 24 states, including all three Florida counties. The department noted that its Civil Rights Division has “regularly monitored elections” since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach were three of six Florida counties the DOJ also monitored during the 2020 election.

A Missouri county also said it planned to block DOJ monitors from entering polls on Election Day. Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer told the Missouri Independent on Monday that “the DOJ will not be allowed to enter our polling places,” citing Missouri state law.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft also accused the DOJ of “intimidating Missouri voters at the polls on Election Day.” in a tweet on Sunday.

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