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Ronald DeSantis’s Special Anti-‘Voter Fraud’ Police Force Is Already a Complete Boondoggle

It’s waste of taxpayer money—and it’s also really messing up people’s lives.

The way things are going, while he’s unlikely to make the White House, Ronald DeSantis’ term as the national piñata may never come to an end. Remember when Governor Three Fingers set up his own special police force to root out “voter fraud”? Well, the early results are not promising for the Florida Special Branch. They keep busting people on offenses that range from trivial to vaporous and, when the cases get to court, judges laugh themselves silly and use the indictment papers to make paper airplanes. OK, I made that last part up. The real impact on people caught up in this mill is not at all funny. From the Washington Post:

And the unfortunate Mr. Washington was not alone. The Special Branch turned out to be less Javert and more Clouseau.

Yet another waste of time and taxpayers’ money hunting snipes. I’ve given up waiting for voters to revenge themselves on the politicians who squander their money on doomed and futile exercises like this. I mean, if someone finds three cases of fraud in some social welfare program, the conservative media makes a meal out of it for months. But if a governor wastes thousands on the useless pursuit of some unconstitutional policy goal, or in pursuit of the phantom bogeymen of the conservative hive mind, it rarely comes with any permanent consequences. And DeSantis’ election Special Branch is a Grade-A boondoggle of this type.

So more people like Mr. Washington can expect visits from the Special Branch.

Beyond as a boon to the state’s manufacturers of kangaroo suits, this whole exercise is obviously an unusually wasteful exercise in voter suppression.

See? Works like a charm.

Charles P Pierce is the author of four books, most recently Idiot America, and has been a working journalist since 1976. He lives near Boston and has three children.

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