PILF Applauds Gov. DeSantis For Implementing a State Election Crimes Unit

Published On: November 07th, 2022

Election criminals in Florida have been given notice that they are being watched this year.

(Alexandria, VA) – November 7, 2022: Earlier this year, Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, implemented a state election crimes unit that is already making Florida’s elections more secure. It most recently led to the arrest of Cheryl Ann Leslie of Loxahatchee on charges that she voted in Florida and Alaska during the same election cycle in 2014, 2016, and 2018. She was charged with two counts of felony fraud, according to Palm Beach County jail records.

“Florida’s election criminals are on notice” said PILF President, J. Christian Adams. “If you commit an election crime in Florida, you will be prosecuted. I applaud Governor Ron DeSantis for implementing a state election crimes unit. He has made Florida’s election significantly more secure.”

In 2021, before the state election crimes unit was enacted, the foundation released a report on the problems of election crimes not being prosecuted in Florida. The report details 156 criminal referrals from nine county supervisors of elections about potential criminal election law violations. The Foundation did not find matching records of prosecutions or convictions in any of these Florida counties.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.


For media inquiries, please reach out to Lbowman@publicinterestlegal.org

Public Interest Legal Foundation