Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced new proposed Florida election rules to a crowd in West Palm Beach on Friday. The State of Florida leads the nation in efficiency of vote counting and election security, but loopholes exist. Governor DeSantis plans to close them, and “stay ahead of the curve.”
“Last November, Florida held the smoothest, most successful election of any state in the country,” Governor DeSantis told the crowd. “While we should celebrate this feat, we should not rest on our laurels. Today, we are taking action to ensure that Florida remains a leader on key issues regarding our electoral process, such as ballot integrity, public access to election information, transparency of election reporting and more. By strengthening these election integrity protections, we will ensure that our elections remain secure and transparent, and that Florida’s electoral process remains a blueprint for other states to follow.”
The purpose of the proposed legislation is to stop voter fraud and close existing loopholes. Ultimately preventing what happened that cost President Donald Trump the election. To secure the vote, DeSantis’ proposed legislation includes, among others, the following policies: increase security of ballot drop boxes, disallow people from possessing ballots other than their own or of immediate family, require yearly requests for mail-in ballots, allow political party representatives to observe the signature comparison process, and require the Supervisor of Elections to report the number of ballots requested, the number received, and the number yet to be counted.
“We want everyone to vote, but we don’t want anyone to cheat,” declared DeSantis. “No state has as much transparency as much as the state of Florida, but I think this proposal will strengthen us even more.”
Of course, Democrats argue against such steps to secure the election process. Florida Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg), who is a potential 2022 gubernatorial candidate, stated, “Florida’s 2020 election was historic – record-breaking turnout and virtually no issues. We should be building on it by making it easier for Floridians to make their voices heard – not harder. Gov. DeSantis’ proposal goes in the wrong direction, it’s a nakedly partisan political play.”
This new legislation is to make the Florida election process even more secure. Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson in a joint statement said, “Rather than resting on our laurels and congratulating one another on a successful 2020 election, our time is best spent preparing for 2022 and beyond. We don’t want to backslide. We are here to keep Florida a model for the rest of America.”