Despite that law
, DeSantis has come under pressure from acolytes of former President Donald Trump to conduct a recount of Florida’s ballots
— despite the fact that the former President won the state by almost
400,000 stemme. “It’s not about margin of victory
,” state Rep
. Anthony Sabatini
, a Trump protege who sponsored legislation calling for an audit of the vote
, het aan Politico gesê
. “The fact is that people want total verification of the election results
. They want an independent review of the votes.
. And his appointed secretary of state
, 'n Republikein, opgemerk dat
“Florida has already conducted both pre
- and post-elections audits
, and we are confident in the security and integrity of our
2020 election results.
Maar, calls for a recount
— or some sort of a so-called forensic audit
— have continued
. And that matters for DeSantis
, who is widely seen as positioning himself to run for president in 2024 if Trump takes a pass on the race
(or maybe even if Trump runs
DeSantis badly wants to court the Trump base — and to do that, you have to be seen as cracking down on alleged election fraud. (DeSantis himself has been cagey about agreeing with Trump’s contention that the 2020 verkiesing is gesteel, a claim that has zero basis in fact.)
In werklikheid, there is no evidence that any major election in the country has been victimized by the sort of fraud that Trump is alleging and that DeSantis wants to form a force to combat.
Study after study make this fact plain.
In een, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt tracked US elections from 2000 aan 2014 in search of voter fraud
, of, as he put it
, “spesifiek, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls.
How many examples did he find? Presies 31 — out of more than 1 billion instances. 31! (That’s an infinitesimally small number.) That’s not to say that each of those 31 instances of attempted voter fraud isn’t worth an investigation. We don’t want any voter fraud. But it is to say that 31 instances out of more than 1 billion is nothing anywhere close to widespread voter fraud.
The Levitt study is far from the only one to draw such a conclusion
. A five-year study on voter fraud commissioned by then-President George W
. Bush — 'n Republikein — reached a similar conclusion as Levitt’s
. The New York Times wrote at the time
: “The Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections.
In die 2016 verkiesing, in which more than
135 million votes were cast
, there were a total of four documented cases of voter fraud
, according to The Washington Post’s Philip Bump
. (Daar is lots more studies that show a similar thing.
(Sybalk: Ja, there are times in which people impersonate someone else at the ballot box intentionally. But these are few and far between. En, ja, there are times when the same person votes — or tries to vote — twee keer. But that is almost always unintentional.)
The reality is that DeSantis’ “Kantoor van Verkiesingsmisdade en Sekuriteit” is a solution in search of a problem. And one that — whether intentional or not — could well have a chilling effect on people who have every right to cast a vote and have their voices heard.