Florida’s new election crimes unit is swamped by complaints about “unconstitutional ballot harvesting”

Florida’s new election crimes office flags leftwing ballot-harvesting operation in Orlando

Florida’s new election crimes office flags leftwing ballot-harvesting operation in Orlando

The head of Florida’s new election crimes unit is warning that the department could be swamped by the sheer volume of complaints about “unconstitutional ballot harvesting” from the 2018 election.

Assistant State Attorney Chris Thomas has been handling this task from his office at the Lee County Courthouse where he just took the post effective today.

Thomas warned that the office, which is charged with ensuring that no one’s vote-suppressing acts are approved, is dealing with “a mountain of complaints and no real resolution.”

“For that reason, I can’t take my eyes off of it — the sheer volume of complaints that we’re getting from voters,” Thomas said in an interview. “It seems like every 30 seconds somebody is posting to social media that they saw ballots being harvested.”

That volume of complaints has led Thomas to recommend that the division’s budget be cut by 20 percent, from $4.1 million to $3.4 million after his predecessor, Tom Prichard, was forced to resign over an investigation of his office’s handling of the 2018 election.

So far this year, more than 30 Florida cities and counties have been raided by the FBI and state police and have been accused by citizens of committing “election crimes,” such as ballot harvesting.

Thomas said he is receiving “thousands” of complaints about the 2018 election from around the state. And there is no end in sight.

“The volume is just continuing to grow, and we’re running into this problem where there is no resolution,” Thomas said.

Thomas says the problem is exacerbated by the fact that there’s been a “lack of clarity” by the public about what exactly is illegal.

“There are literally thousands of citizens in Florida who have taken legal action on these violations, and I’m in a position to determine

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