Florida Election Laws: Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial election bill into law Thursday morning. Here’s what both sides are saying. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
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Hatzel Vela, writing for Local10.com, reports: “Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial elections bill, Senate Bill 90, into law Thursday morning during an event in West Palm Beach.
The legislation prohibits the mass mailing of ballots, bans ballot harvesting, and prohibits private money from administering elections in the Sunshine State.
The legislation also only makes ballot drop boxes available when early voting sites are open and the drop boxes would have to be supervised by election officials.”
Here’s what both sides are saying about the new legislation:
On The Left
The left accuses DeSantis of governing like an authoritarian with this most recent stroke of the pen.
A Sun-Sentinel editorial accuses DeSantis of going on “a right-wing rampage” and running Florida “as if he were appointed governor for life.”
As an example, “All city and county COVID-19 regulations…will be wiped away by a new state law he has signed,” sweeping legislation while the pandemic is still in full swing. Furthermore, “He blocks businesses from requiring proof of vaccinations” and “imposes restrictions on how local governments respond to future emergencies.” With respect to elections, the writers bluntly state, “DeSantis will decide when, where, and how you vote.”
On The Right
The right sees DeSantis’ voting measures as reasonable efforts to further reinforce voter integrity.
Tyler Olson, writing in Fox News, reports the bill mandates a “prohibition on the use of private funds for election-related expenses,” a “response to the fact Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others provided funding to some states and cities last year to help run the election.” He states while Facebook claimed to focus on increasing voter turnout and assisting “stressed government agencies,” some Republicans accuse them of only targeting blue areas, “potentially favoring Democrats.” DeSantis says ballot drop boxes will still be available, but “only when they’re monitored and during regular voting hours,” as “you can’t just leave these boxes out where there’s not supervision all hours of the night.”
A Victory Insights poll shows Gov. Ron DeSantis “narrowly leading all three high-profile Democrats he may face next November” in the gubernatorial race. Specifically, the poll found DeSantis winning 53% to 47% in a hypothetical matchup between the Republican governor and current Democratic favorite Charlie Crist.
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