Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed a landmark legislation that would secure the state’s election prior to the 2022 midterms.
DeSantis signed Senate Bill 90 into law, which is the state’s new integrity bill. It would make voter identification stronger, bans mass ballot mailing, and stops mass ballot harvesting in the state as well.
Florida took action this legislative session to increase transparency and strengthen the security of our elections. I’d like to thank the leaders on this issue – @WiltonSimpson, @ChrisSprowls, @dennisbaxley, and @GovGoneWild pic.twitter.com/ZCdrPm2rsZ
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 6, 2021
According to DeSantis, his state took action so that they can become more transparent and make sure their elections are secure. He added that residents don’t have to worry as Florida will continue to be a leader in ballot integrity. DeSantis said that elections must remain “free and fair” in the state. He added that the changes would make sure it would continue to be this way. He then thanked the states legislative body for addressing the issue.
Senate Bill 90 makes existing measures to secure the elections stronger in the state. While Florida already has an ID requirement for voters, this new legislation would ask voters to provide full ID information if they change any voter registration information or when requisition a mail-in ballot.
The new legislation also prevents the mass mailing of ballots. It also makes sure mail-in ballots only reach the people who requested them. Senate Bill 90 also increases the transparency of elections, letting every party and candidate have access to observe any election-related reviews and canvassing.
Florida Lawmakers Lobbied For State’s Election Integrity Legislation
Several state legislators have pushed for reforms in Florida’s election integrity bill.
For one, state Senate President Wilton Simpson took pride in how Florida leads the states in the nation when it comes to election reforms. He also reiterated the importance of keeping the elections safe and maintaining their integrity.
Meanwhile, state House Speaker Chris Sprowls noted that residents in the state have been given more ways to cast their ballot. He also said that this variety needs to come with the assurance of transparency and security. Sprowls then explained that the new bill will protect the state’s electoral procedures. He said it will also give voters confidence that their state elections remain “accessible, efficient, and secure.”
Meanwhile, how Democrats and companies will react to the new legislation would be interesting to see. Following the passage of similar proposals in Georgia and Texas, a group of companies voiced out their opposition to such measures.
Florida has become another big state that has joined in the states’ election integrity coalition.