Former Republican Senator, gubernatorial candidate, and \u0022big lie\u0022 promoter David Perdue said Thursday that he wants a special election police force for Georgia.\r\n\r\nHis proposal comes on the heels of a similar plan from Florida\u0026#039;s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for a police force authorized to investigate and arrest alleged election law-violators.\r\n\r\n\u0022First Florida, now Georgia,\u0022 tweeted CNN political correspondent and host Abby Phillip. \u0022A reminder, the idea that there was enough fraud in the 2020 election to warrant this kind of proposal is a massive lie.\u0022\r\n\r\nPerdue, after a campaign heavily backed by Wall Street and amid criticism over suspiciously timed stock transactions, was defeated last January in his bid for Senate reelection by Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia\u0026#039;s runoff race.\r\n\r\nLast month, Perdue announced his bid to be Georgia\u0026#039;s governor in a challenge to\u0026nbsp;incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and in order \u0022to stop Stacey Abrams\u0022 from taking the office. His campaign was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.\r\n\r\nBoth before and after announcing his run for governor, Perdue has repeatedly pushed debunked claims that Georgia\u0026#039;s 2020 election result was fraudulent\r\n\r\nIn a statement Thursday, Perdue said he wants \u0022an Election Law Enforcement Division in Georgia to enforce election laws, investigate election crimes and fraud, and arrest those who commit these offenses.\u0022 Results should also be independently audited before being certified, he said.\r\n\r\nAs the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday:\r\n\r\n\r\nGeorgia already has election investigators who looked into hundreds of allegations, debunking almost all of them. Their findings refuted claims of counterfeit ballots, ballot stuffing, dead voters and mismatched signatures on absentee ballot envelopes.\r\n\r\n\r\nFor his part, DeSantis talked about his plan for \u0022an election integrity unit whose sole focus will be the enforcement of Florida\u0026#039;s election laws\u0022 in his State of the State address earlier this month.\r\n\r\nAccording to the Washington Post:\r\n\r\n\r\nThe proposed Office of Election Crimes and Security would be part of the Department of State, which answers to the governor. DeSantis is asking the GOP-controlled legislature to allocate nearly $6 million to hire 52 people to \u0022investigate, detect, apprehend, and arrest anyone for an alleged violation\u0022 of election laws. They would be stationed at unspecified \u0022field offices throughout the state\u0022 and act on tips from \u0022government officials or any other person.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Post quoted Jonathan Diaz, a voting rights lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center, who said, \u0022My number one concern is that this is going to be used as a tool to harass or intimidate civic-engagement organizations and voters.\u0022\r\n\r\nResponding to news of DeSantis\u0026#039;s push, Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, also expressed concern.\r\n\r\n\u0022A handpicked police force, reporting to the governor, intimidating election officials and maybe voters: what could go wrong?\u0022 he wrote.\r\n\r\nProgressive radio host and book author Thom Hartmann, in a blog post Wednesday, pointed to reports last year of a Texas GOP official discussing plans to \u0022build an army\u0022 of poll watchers and framed that effort as well as DeSantis\u0026#039;s plan as \u0022part of a much larger Republican campaign of widespread and systemic election fraud that the party has been running since the days of Barry Goldwater.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Every election year we hear about a handful of people busted for trying to vote twice or in the name of a deceased relative,\u0022 he wrote, \u0022but it\u0026#039;s so rare it has absolutely no impact on elections and hasn’t at any point in my 70 years on this planet.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Voter fraud, in other words, isn\u0026#039;t real,\u0022 Hartmann continued. \u0022But election fraud is very much real and alive, and that\u0026#039;s exactly what DeSantis and the Texas GOP are proposing, right out in the open.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe developments out of Georgia and Florida come as the U.S. Senate on Wednesday—thanks to the Republican caucus and right-wing Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)—failed to pass a proposed change to the Senate filibuster, thus torpedoing Democrats\u0026#039; national voting rights legislation.