DeSantis Tells DOJ To Stand Down

( Florida officials are informing the Department of Justice under the Biden administration that sending election observers to the Sunshine State is unnecessary and illegal.

The Justice Department stated on Monday that it would keep an eye out for civil rights abuses in 64 jurisdictions across 24 states. The department announced that it would focus on the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach in Florida.

But it won’t be permitted, according to a Florida Department of State letter.

“Earlier today, copies of your letters to Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, in which you appear to suggest that the Department of Justice will send observers inside polling booths in these counties, were received by the Florida Department of State.”

The letter stated, “We also understand you issued a similar letter to Palm Beach County.”

The Justice Department had violated the law, according to the letter.

According to Florida law, Department of Justice monitors are not allowed, it stated.

The Florida Statutes’ Section 102.031(3)(a) outlines the individuals permitted to enter any polling location or chamber. According to the letter, personnel from the Department of Justice are not listed.

It was addressed to John “Bert” Russ, deputy chief and elections coordinator in the voting section of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, and signed by Brad McVay, general counsel for the Florida Department of State.

Even if a legal justification could be discovered to support it, the letter claimed that the federal presence would damage confidence in the election’s fairness.

The letter stated that the presence of federal law enforcement inside polling places “would be counterproductive and could potentially undermine confidence in the election, even if they could qualify as ‘law enforcement under section 102.031(3)(a)6. of the Florida Statutes in the absence of some evidence concerning the need for federal intrusion or some federal statute that preempts Florida law.

It stated that the Biden administration had not justified for federal monitors to invade Florida.

“There is no mention in your letters the requirement for federal monitors in these areas. Currently, no federal consent decrees pertaining to elections in any counties exist.”