Had forgotten about this paragraph I wrote for my testimony before the Florida Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights back on March 28, 2022.

The latest legislation, SB 524, places additional restrictions on voting and elections in the Sunshine State. Akin to its 48-page SB 90 predecessor, SB 524 is a 47-page omnibus bill entitled, “An act relating to election administration.” SB 524 creates a costly new, and wholly duplicative, Office of Election Crimes and Security. Millions of dollars are dedicated to forensic and audit systems already required of SOEs at the local level. The new office’s unsworn officers might possibly subvert the efforts of sworn officers who are currently tasked with making sure our elections are safe and secure. With language at times evoking the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, Florida’s Office of Election Crimes and Security has the potential to chill voter participation. The annual reporting requirements for the new office lack transparency and could lead to unsubstantiated, frivolous, or even fraudulent claims about voter fraud, further dampening confidence in our election system and hampering the efficacy of SOEs to carry out elections securely.