The new law, S.B. 524, creates an “Office of Election Crimes and Security” to investigate allegations of voter fraud. It increases the penalty for ballot harvesting from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. It also requires the Florida Department of State to strengthen ID requirements for mail-in ballots, requires voter rolls to be checked every year for ineligible voters and prevents election supervisors from receiving so-called “Zuckerbucks.”
The term “Zuckerbucks” refers to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s funding of election operations. During the 2020 election cycle, the Zuckerberg-Chan Initiative, founded by Zuckerberg and his wife, gave more than $ 350 million to local state jurisdictions to allegedly help counties run their elections safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.