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Florida: Election Denial in Races for Election Administration Positions

A collection of examples illustrates the prevalence of election denial in 2022 contests for the offices that will run the next elections in Florida.

Last Updated: August 24, 2022
Published: March 29, 2022
Illustration featuring the state of Florida
Brennan Center for Justice
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Below, we compile quotes from campaigns’ ads, websites, social media posts, and statements reported in the media that illustrate endorsement or opposition to election denial — claims that the process or result of the last presidential election was illegitimate. Each of the candidates is running for an office that will play a role in administering future elections in Florida. Information about the financing of these campaigns and those in other battleground states can be found here.


Charlie Crist (won primary)

Charlie Crist (D), a member of Congress and former governor, sent an email to supporters saying that those who attacked the Capitol on January 6 “were incited by false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, false claims that Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to denounce. To this day, he still won’t admit the election was legitimate.” Crist posted on Face­book after declar­ing his gubernat­orial bid: “Governor DeSantis should help stop the disin­form­a­tion that’s tear­ing our coun­try apart by telling Flor­idi­ans he rejects the Big Lie that the 2020 elec­tion was stolen. If he won’t, he’s respons­ible for under­min­ing our demo­cracy.” On the anniversary of the Janu­ary 6 attack on the Capitol, Crist pledged “to be a governor who condemns viol­ence to over­turn fair and free elec­tions, and speak out against disin­form­a­tion and the Big Lie.”


Screenshot of Charlie Crist Facebook post


 Ron DeSantis (won primary)

As of June 2022 when he was asked at a press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) “still wouldn’t say if he believes President Joe Biden was ‘duly and legally elected’ in 2020.” In May, DeSantis nominated State Rep. Cord Byrd (R) as the state’s secretary of state. At a press conference, Byrd “refused to answer whether the [2020] election was stolen.” Speaking about the nomination and election security, DeSantis said, “we are not going to allow these external influences to come in and to corrupt the operations. And we’re certainly not going to allow political operatives to harvest all these votes, and then dump them somewhere.”