DeSantis Boasts of $14 Million Investment in Florida Election Security

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

June 6, 2022 Updated 9:09 AM ET

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June 6, 2022 Updated 9:09 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s new budget which includes more than $14 million in election integrity investments.

“My administration’s more than $14 million investment is proof that in Florida, we take election integrity seriously,” DeSantis said on Twitter.

The budget includes $8 million for the Supervisors of Elections to continue cybersecurity initiatives and improvements to their systems. There is also $2 million to improve technology such as the Florida Voter Registration System, the Online Voter Registration System, and the Campaign Finance System. 

$3.5 million will create the Office of Election Crimes and Security to investigate voter fraud allegations. The office will have 15 employees at the Department of State, six employees within the Department of Legal Affairs, and 10 employees at Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

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The Department of State will continue its contract with the Electronic Information Center to keep accurate voter registration rolls and increase access to voter registration rolls with a $575,000 investment.

The Governor signed Florida’s $109.9 billion budget Thursday. He also set a new record by vetoing $3.1 billion. 

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The budget includes more than a billion dollars in tax relief for Floridians and record investments in education. 

The Governor also announced $3 billion in the rainy day fund alone in the budget.

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