Proposed Budget Continues Significant Investments in Election Security
and the Protection of Florida’s Historical and Cultural Resources
Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee today applauded Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed Bolder, Better, Brighter Future budget that continues Florida’s significant investments in fair and accurate elections as well as protecting our historical and cultural resources for generations to come.
Governor DeSantis’ proposed budget invests $6.6 million into key election security projects to improve the election security infrastructure of Florida’s 67 counties, harden the Department of State’s mission critical election systems, and reduce the potential for voter fraud.
“Accurate and fair elections are the cornerstone of any free society and ensuring fair and accurate elections is the highest priority of the Florida Department of State,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “Florida is leading the nation on election security and this investment will provide critical resources to strengthen Florida’s defenses against future threats to our election systems.”
The proposed budget also makes significant investments in preserving historical artifacts and protecting Florida’s cultural heritage. These important resources provide opportunities to promote economic development through tourism and education.
“The Department of State supports Florida’s libraries, arts and culture organizations, and historic preservation sites across Florida,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “These investments will ensure that our children and all future generations have access to the resources that enhance quality of life in local communities.”
Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis charged the Department of State with taking a more active role in fostering strong international relationships and working more closely with the foreign consular officers in Florida. International investments and tourism will bolster Florida’s economy and create high-paying jobs for local communities.
“I look forward to growing our international relationships and cultural exchanges to strengthen relationships between Florida and our international partners,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee.