Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed new legislation Thursday that would strengthen the state’s rules on voting in hopes to prevent voter fraud.
DeSantis’ office has touted the new law, saying it will be “strengthening voter identification, prohibiting the mass mailing of ballots, banning ballot harvesting and prohibiting private money from administering elections in our state.”
The measure is likely to help ease Republicans concerns, especially in the heavily contested swing state of Florida.
“Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country,” the governor said when signing the legislation. “We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box.”
The new law has sparked major controversy and pushback from the left.
“The legislation has a deliberate and disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color,” said Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “It’s a despicable attempt by a one party ruled legislature to choose who can vote in our state and who cannot. It’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American.”
— Nikki Fried (@nikkifried) May 6, 2021
Florida Gov. DeSantis just signed a voter suppression bill to make it harder for people of color to vote.
Floridians MUST vote that dumpster fire OUT in 2022.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 6, 2021
.@GovRonDeSantis signed unnecessary, restrictive voting reform law, making voting by mail more difficult. Ironically, until Trump started trashing absentee voting -same way the Orange hypocrite votes- FL GOP always won that vote, bigly. It’s about GOP keeping The Big Lie alive. pic.twitter.com/60m1t3ml0G
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) May 6, 2021
Despite the pushback, DeSantis is standing firm on his new voting law.
“Florida took action this legislative session to increase transparency and strengthen the security of our elections,” DeSantis said. “Floridians can rest assured that our state will remain a leader in ballot integrity. Elections should be free and fair, and these changes will ensure this continues to be the case in the Sunshine State.”
Democrats (who have to cheat to win elections) are upset that Ron Desantis has signed a voting bill that will restrict voting.
They are correct.
He is restricting voting to American citizens that are of legal age and have identification to prove it.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 6, 2021