Washington, D.C. – All Voting is Local releases its latest report, “Policing the Vote: Election Integrity Units in Florida and Ohio,” today in collaboration with Florida International University’s Amanda D. Clark and Engage Miami’s Monica A. Bustinza. The groundbreaking report examines the evolution of Election Integrity Units in these states, exposing their origins, funding sources, and operational strategies. The report also highlights how these units, purportedly created to safeguard election integrity, have instead become instruments for voter suppression, disproportionately targeting communities of color and echoing historical patterns of discrimination.

Election Integrity Units have emerged in response to the “Big Lie,” aiming to address unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. However, All Voting’s research has revealed the troubling reality that these units waste taxpayer resources by investigating alleged voter fraud without substantive evidence, perpetuating baseless claims, and eroding trust in the electoral process.

Of particular concern to All Voting is the impact of these units on communities of color. Through selective enforcement and intimidation tactics, the actions of these units undermine the democratic rights of marginalized voters, echoing discriminatory practices of the past and perpetuating systemic inequities within our electoral system. Furthermore, the lack of public oversight surrounding Election Integrity Units raises serious questions about their legitimacy and motives, as staff members are not required to possess the essential qualifications regularly required of folks involved in election processes, such as experience in election administration or law enforcement.

Additionally, the report underscores the urgent need for accountability, transparency, and equity in our electoral processes. As we enter the 2024 election season, it is critical to address the troubling impact of Election Integrity Units on democracy in Florida, Ohio, and beyond.

The full report can be viewed here.