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Florida Governor Strikes Back At Democrats – DeSantis Signs Major Election Law That Bans Ballot Harvesting, Limits Drop Boxes
By Ben Dutka|May 6, 2021
Florida Governor Strikes Back At Democrats – DeSantis Signs Major Election Law That Bans Ballot Harvesting, Limits Drop Boxes

The 2020 election season was extremely tight and contentious, and some politicians and lawmakers questioned the integrity of the voting process. This included then-President Donald Trump.

Many Republicans on Capitol Hill called for investigations into potentially fraudulent voting practices. And many cited problems with ballot harvesting and mass mail-in voting.

Now, one southern state Governor just passed a bill that tackles all these issues.

In 2021, he has become the Conservative darling of the country in many ways. And Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to earn more supporters thanks to legislation like this:

DeSantis just signed a new voting bill into law, and it enables statewide voting changes that will have a significant impact on elections moving forward.

It’s a bill designed specifically to address the issue of voting integrity — and DeSantis believes he’s just scored a big victory on that front.

And it’s very likely that most right-wing Floridians are going to agree with the Governor. This goes double if they also believe 2020 proved the country had serious voting issues.

As DeSantis said (via Fox News):

I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country.

We’re making sure we’re enforcing voter ID… We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not gonna let political operatives go and get satchels of votes to dump them in some drop box.

The Republican governor flatly stated that they’re “prohibiting mass mailing of balloting.”

He clarified that in fact, Florida has had absentee balloting for a while. You can request one and if you get it, you can fill it out and send it in.

But DeSantis objects to “indiscriminately” sending them out en masse, though Democrats claim this contributes to “voter suppression.”

And it was no surprise to see a Democrat lawyer challenge the governor’s new legislation. Marc Elias says the new law makes it “more difficult for certain types of voters to participate in the state’s elections.”

However, for the time being, this new legislation is in place.

The law is similar to one Georgia passed earlier this year, and that too met with plenty of leftist opposition. But Gov. DeSantis has never been one to cave to Democrat pressure.

Florida’s new legislation also puts a restriction on ballot drop boxes — they can’t be left unattended:

‘Drop boxes must be geographically located so as to provide all voters in the county with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot,’ the bill says, and ‘must be monitored in person.’

DeSantis actually wanted to eliminate drop boxes but the legislature “wanted to keep them.” So the monitored drop boxes are a compromise.

As he said, “you can’t just leave these boxes out where there’s not supervision all hours of the night.” This has been a common complaint among those pushing for voting reform.

The law is certainly a huge victory for Republicans and Conservatives in the state of Florida, who believe such reform is absolutely necessary.

But will other states follow Florida and Georgia’s example?

Key Takeaways:

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis passed a new piece of election legislation.
  • It enforces voter ID, bans ballot harvesting, and says all drop boxes to be monitored.
  • Democrats claim it contributes to “voter suppression,” but most Republicans say the law improves election integrity.

Source: Fox News

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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