【海外ITニュース速報】Ron DeSantisの不可解な有権者不正逮捕に対する反発

【海外ITニュース速報】Ron DeSantisの不可解な有権者不正逮捕に対する反発

The backlash against Ron DeSantis’s puzzling voter fraud arrests

Ron DeSantisの不可解な有権者不正逮捕に対する反発


the state of Florida has arrested 20 people who knowingly registered and voted illegally in the 2020 elections. Most of the people arrested had previously been convicted of murder or felony sex offenses in Florida, which makes them automatically ineligible to vote there even after they have completed their sentences. “Why would you let me vote if I wasn’t able to vote?” a reporter who obtained the video asked. “The laws around who has eligibility to vote in Florida are extremely confusing,” he added




Why were these felons allowed to vote in Florida in the first place?


In August, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state of Florida was arresting 20 people who had knowingly registered and voted illegally in the 2020 elections. He said these arrests were “just the first step” in his attempt to crackdown on alleged wide-scale voter fraud in the state, despite the fact that there is no evidence to prove voter fraud is a major concern in the state.


Those snared that day weren’t plotters of some large-scale election rigging scheme: Most of the people arrested had previously been convicted of murder or felony sex offenses in Florida, which makes them automatically ineligible to vote there even after they’ve completed their sentences, probations, and paid other court-related fees.




Last week the Tampa Bay Times released body-camera footage recorded by local police as they made a few arrests. It caused an uproar. The videos showed arrests of arrestees reacting with genuine shock and confusion at the charges. The police themselves also seem confused and even sympathetic at times. The big question the video itself and the negative reaction to it presents is: If these people were not allowed to vote in the first place, why were they being held to account when the state failed to do accurate background checks?


“Why would you let me vote if I wasn’t able to vote?” asked Tony Patterson, one of the people getting arrested on video.


According to Lawrence Mower, the Tallahassee correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald who first obtained the footage of the arrests, it’s because the laws around who has eligibility to vote in Florida are extremely confusing and have been since 2018. Mower spoke to Vox’s Sean Rameswaram earlier this week for an episode of Today, Explained — Vox’s daily news explainer podcast — about the arrests, and DeSantis’s motivation for kick-starting the program that led to them. Below is an excerpt of the conversation, edited for length and clarity. There’s much more in the full podcast, so download Today, Explained wherever you get podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

タンパベイタイムズのタラハシー特派員と逮捕の映像を最初に入手したマイアミヘラルドのタラハシー特派員であるローレンスモアーによると、それはフロリダでの投票の適格性を持つ法律が非常に混乱しており、2018年以降になっているためです。今週初めにVoxのSean Rameswaramは、今日のエピソードのために、Vox’s Daily News Axplainer Podcast – 逮捕と、彼らにつながったプログラムをキックスタートするためのDesantisの動機について説明しました。以下は、長さと明確さのために編集された会話の抜粋です。完全なポッドキャストにはさらに多くのことがあるので、Appleポッドキャスト、Googleポッドキャスト、Spotify、Stitcherなど、ポッドキャストを入手する場所をどこでも説明します。

What was the thought process behind releasing the video of these arrests?


We put this out there thinking that this is different. You know, witnessing these people get arrested for voting is just not something you see every day. You look at someone like Romona Oliver, a 55-year-old woman, spent 18 years in prison for second-degree murder. She’s got a job. She’s been remarried since leaving prison. She’s arrested on her way to work. She looks like a grandma. In another case of Tony Patterson, a guy who’s a registered sex offender. He’s stopped outside of his house and police tell him you’ve got a warrant for your arrest. And he says, “What for?” You can see from the video that he can’t really believe it. There’s another telling video, a guy by the name of Nathan Har. He was given a voter ID card even though he was not allowed to vote. The state did an initial check and cleared him and he voted in 2020. The office arresting him even tells him that his story sounds like a loophole. You also write that police seem sympathetic toward the people getting arrested.

これは異なると考えて、これをそこに出しました。ご存知のように、これらの人々が投票で逮捕されるのを目撃することは、あなたが毎日見ているものではありません。 55歳の女性であるロモーナオリバーのような人を見て、2度の殺人のために18年間刑務所で過ごしました。彼女は仕事をしています。彼女は刑務所を去ってから再婚されました。彼女は仕事に行く途中で逮捕されました。彼女はおばあちゃんのように見えます。トニー・パターソンの別のケースでは、登録された性犯罪者である男。彼は彼の家の外で立ち止まっており、警察はあなたがあなたの逮捕の令状を持っていると彼に言った。そして彼は「何のために?」と言いますあなたはビデオから彼が本当に信じられないことを見ることができます。ネイサン・ハーという名前の男、別の伝えるビデオがあります。彼は投票を許可されていなくても、有権者IDカードを与えられました。州は最初のチェックを行い、彼をクリアし、2020年に投票しました。あなたはまた、警察が逮捕される人々に同情的であるように見えると書いています。

Yeah, that’s pretty extraordinary. It’s not every day that you hear a police officer lending advice on a sex offender’s defense while they’re arresting that person. So local police seem maybe skeptical or almost sympathetic to these people’s situations here. It’s not the kind of typical perception you have here when you hear “murderers and sex offenders.” [Editor’s note: You can hear clips of the reactions being described in the Today, Explained episode or watch the videos here on the Tampa Bay Times’s website.] What is it about the reactions in the videos that causes shock?


These people’s reactions challenge the laws that they’re being accused of violating. They’re being accused of willfully violating the law, willfully voting when they were ineligible. And I mean, just look at the video. Does it seem like these people knew that they were violating the law at the time? I think there’s probably a real question there for a lot of people, perhaps even a jury, whether or not these people, you know, seemed to have willfully violated the law.


To understand what’s going on in these videos, you have to understand Florida’s Amendment 4. Can you remind us what that amendment did?


It allowed anyone with a felony conviction to vote. If you did not have a felony sex offense on your record, if you did not have a murder on your record, and if you had completed all terms of your sentence. You know, Amendment 4, when it passed [via ballot initiative in 2018], was considered the greatest expansion of democracy in the United States since the civil rights movement. We’re talking up to 1.4 million people in Florida, presumably getting the right to vote back. Governor DeSantis comes into office in 2019. What’s his relationship to Amendment 4?


He was against the amendment, like most of the top Republicans were here. And DeSantis encouraged the legislature to draw a very hard line on the fines and fees issue. He’s the one who really pushed the legislature to require people with felony convictions to pay off all fines and fees and restitution to victims before being allowed to vote. So DeSantis sets up a new office to investigate voter fraud, right? The Office of Election Crimes and Security was something that DeSantis requested from the legislature in 2021. This is a first-of-its-kind office, and these were some of the concerns that some in the legislature had when this office was created. They were wondering — how is this office going to be used? Because this is putting quite a bit of power into a politician’s hands.

彼は、共和党のトップのほとんどがここにいたように、修正に反対していました。そして、Desantisは議会に罰金と手数料の発行に非常に厳しいラインを引き出すことを奨励しました。彼は、投票を許可される前に、重罪の有罪判決を受けた人々に被害者にすべての罰金と手数料と賠償を返済することを要求するように議会に本当に推進した人です。それで、Desantisは有権者の詐欺を調査するために新しいオフィスを設定しますよね?選挙犯罪と安全保障局は、2021年に議会からデサンティスが要求したものでした。これは、初めての事務所であり、これらは議会の一部がこの事務所を作成したときに持っていた懸念の一部でした。彼らは疑問に思っていました – このオフィスはどのように使用されるのでしょうか?これは政治家の手にかなりの力を入れているからです。

Okay, and I imagine this office is how we get to these arrests?


In August, DeSantis held a press conference to announce the first actions by the Office of Election Crimes and Security. He announces 20 people getting arrested. It’s no debate. They were not allowed to vote, but nevertheless they were given voter ID cards cleared by the secretary of state and were not stopped from going into a polling place and casting a ballot in 2020. Nevertheless, DeSantis announces these arrests, touts that these were the first actions by this new office. You know that these people are going to pay the price. So what’s clear is that if you buy that there was widespread election fraud in the 2020 election, so far, arresting 20 people who seem to have been confused about whether or not they had the right to vote isn’t really getting at some larger conspiracy to commit fraud in elections, right?


No, it’s not. You know, DeSantis since 2020 has been under pressure from conservatives in Florida to do an audit of Florida’s 2020 election, which President Trump won handily in Florida. It was a blowout by Florida standards. So it’s kind of no secret from the political class that this was a response to pressure from the right to do something about voter fraud. And these 20 arrests don’t point to any kind of concerted fraud here.


Right, so what do these arrests actually point to? It kind of points to faults with DeSantis’s own office, in fact. You know, the basic question here is, why were these people allowed to register to vote in the first place? Why can’t the secretary of state — again, this is DeSantis’s own office — why can’t they still tell you when you register to vote whether or not you’re eligible to vote?

そうだね、これらの逮捕は実際に何を指し示しているのだろうか?実際、Desantis自身のオフィスでの断層を指します。ここでの基本的な質問は、なぜこれらの人々がそもそも投票に登録することを許可されたのですか?なぜ国務長官は、繰り返しますが、これはデサンティスのオフィスです – 投票する資格があるかどうかを投票するときにまだあなたに言うことができないのですか?

What is DeSantis after that he will indulge the people who really want to see him police elections this way — when you admit that he doesn’t even seem to really care that much about it?

その後のデサンティスとは何ですか?彼は、彼がこのように警察の選挙を本当に見たいと思っている人々にふけるでしょう – あなたが彼がそれについてそれほど気にしていないように見えることを認めたとき?

It’s no secret to anyone in Florida, much less nationally, that DeSantis wants to run for president. And, of course, he’s running for reelection this year. And so this is an issue in which he may be perceived as vulnerable, and it’s something that he has some control over. So he can create an election security force and make arrests, which gets headlines, which makes it look like he’s doing something.