Ahead of Tuesday's primary election in Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis's new Office of Election Crimes and Security made its first arrests of people it alleged engaged in voter fraud in the 2020 election. Almost all those charged were people who were formerly incarcerated and mistakenly thought they were eligible to vote. People of all political affiliations "are now being dragged from their homes in handcuffs because all they ever wanted to do was participate in democracy," says Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, who spearheaded an initiative to reenfranchise people with prior felony convictions, before it was overturned by Republicans.
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