Florida The Villages residents accused of voter fraud in 2020 election after DeSantis pledges crackdown

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Three residents of Florida retirement home The Villages were arrested on charges of voting more than once in the 2020 election, just weeks after Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to create a police force dedicated to election crimes.

The three residents were arrested over the past two weeks, and each charged with casting more than one ballot in the 2020 election following complaints filed by the Sumter County Supervisor of Elections.

 Photo of three Florida The Villages residents arrested for voter fraud. Sumter County and Brevard County sheriff's offices

Jay Ketcik, 63, was arrested last week on a charge of third-degree felony fraud.

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Joan Halstead, 71, was arrested two weeks ago for voting in person in Florida and by absentee ballot in New York during the 2020 election, according to an arrest report.

Both Ketcik and Halstead entered not guilty pleas and records show they both intend to attack "the sufficiency" of the charges.

John Rider, 61, was also arrested at the beginning of the month on a similar charge, but an arrest report did not say why he was facing the charge.

Ketcik and Halstead are registered Republicans, according to online records. Rider does not have a party affiliation.

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DeSantis pledged on Nov. 3 to create a Florida police force dedicated to election crimes.

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