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DeSantis signs GOP-drafted voting bill, legal fight begins

BREAKING: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs an elections bill that he and other Republicans say would place guardrails against fraud. Rights groups plan to sue, alleging that the new law harms Black, Latino and disabled voters.

5/6/2021 4:03:00 PM
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BREAKING: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs an elections bill that he and other Republicans say would place guardrails against fraud. Rights groups plan to sue, alleging that the new law harms Black, Latino and disabled voters.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill into law Thursday that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even as they acknowledged there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November...

May 6, 2021 GMTSurrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill into law Thursday that he and other Republicans said would place guardrails against fraud, even as they acknowledged there were no serious signs of voting irregularities last November. Democrats and voter rights advocates said the partisan move will make it harder for some voters to cast ballots.

The Republican governor signed the freshly passed legislation ahead of his impending announcement that he’ll run for reelection in the nation’s largest battleground state. He staged the signing on a live broadcast of Fox & Friends Thursday morning, flanked by a small group of GOP legislators in Palm Beach County. Other media organizations were shut out of the event. headtopics.com

DeSantis said the new law puts Florida ahead of the curve in preventing any potential fraud.“Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country,” the governor said as he signed it. “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.”

Republicans have previously said they know of know such problems in Florida, and elections supervisors across the state did not ask for any of the changes, warning that some of the new rules may prove cumbersome and expensive to implement.Groups including the NAACP and Common Cause said they would immediately file a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the new law makes it more difficult for people who are Black, Latino or disabled to vote.

“For far too long, Florida’s lawmakers and elected officials have created a vast array of hurdles that have made it more difficult for these and other voters to make their voices heard,” the groups said in their lawsuit, which they planned to file in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, the state capital.

While Georgia has become the current epicenter of the national battle over elections laws, other states — led by Republicans still unsettled by then-President Donald Trump’s loss in November — have moved to rewrite elections laws. The national campaign to do so is motivated by Trump’s unfounded allegations that irregularities in the election process, particularly in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, led to his loss — a baseless claim that inspired the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. headtopics.com

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The Georgia law requires a photo ID in order to vote absentee by mail, after more than 1.3 million Georgia voters used that option during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also cuts the time people have to request an absentee ballot and limits where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed.

Some of the changes in Florida’s election rules contain similar provisions. Democrats acknowledge that the Florida law won’t be as draconian as the one recently adopted by its neighbor to the north.The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature passed the law without a single Democratic vote, even as Florida Republicans have hailed their state as a model for conducting elections. This disconnect has confounded Democrats, voter rights groups and statewide elections officials who see no need for the changes.

But Republicans countered that the new law is a preemptive move against those who would undermine the sanctity of the ballot box, even if they could not cite specific instances of widespread fraud. Republicans argue that the new rules do nothing to keep people from voting.

The newly signed law restricts when ballot drop boxes can be used and who can collect ballots — and how many. To protect against so called “ballot harvesting,” an electoral Good Samaritan can only collect and return the ballots of immediate family and no more than two from unrelated people. Under the new rules, drop boxes must be supervised and would only be available when elections offices and early voting sites are open. headtopics.com

It requires that a voter making changes to registration data provide an identifying number, possibly a driver’s license number or a partial Social Security Number.The governor’s signature extends a no-influence zone to 150 feet (50 meters) around polling places. And elections officials would have to let candidates and other observers witness some key election night moments in the ballot-handling process. Any violations could prompt hefty fines.

DeSantis had pushed Republican lawmakers to deliver the sweeping rewrites of rules on voting by mail and drop boxes, and to impose new layers of ID requirements for routine changes to a voter’s registration record.However, the proposals signed into law did not include some of the more severe provisions initially put forward by some Republicans, including the outright banning of drop boxes and preventing the use of the U.S. Postal Service for returning completed ballots.

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Spurred by concerns that the pandemic would keep voters from voting on Election Day last year, the Democratic Party urged people to vote early and through the mail.The result: Florida Democrats outvoted Republicans by mail for the first time in years as a record 4.9 million Floridians voted by mail. Democrats cast 680,000 more mail ballots than Republicans did.

In the past, an application for a vote-by-mail ballot covered two general election cycles. The new law requires voters who want an absentee ballot to apply for one every cycle. Republicans had initially proposed making this retroactive, which would have immediately erased the Democratic advantage, but they backed off that move in the final version.

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Imagine being so sure that you would lose in a fair election, that you consta put up blockades against people voting. Thank you RonDeSantisFL . Hopefully this will prevent all those old republicans in Florida from being able to vote by mail and turn Florida blue. All of these unamerican voter suppression laws will be Sen_JoeManchin and SenatorSinema legacy. This is what they support when they support the filibuster.

Folks, the reason why the gop was dominant in Florida for twenty years is because they made it easier for the olds to vote. They're torching themselves, let them do it. Why doesn't Florida return to the Jim Crow days and have ballot drop boxes that say 'White ballots only'. Land of the free they say. I have a right to vote and this Republican buffoon will not tell me how will I vote.

desperate gop will not survive, they are terrorists The left want to let fraud run elections, because fraudsters tend to vote democrat. the only way the fascist gop can cling to power is by preventing people from exercising their right to vote. Nice job Ron, creating a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Real good use of time.

The irony is that criticizing this is racist because then you are suggesting minorities are too stupid to follow basic rules 🤡🤡🤡

GOP Gov. DeSantis signs Florida election law while shutting out all media but Fox NewsDeSantis signed the bill, S.B. 90, in a closed-door event that blocked out all reporters and media coverage — except for Fox News. I am looking for new, good friends Which part of this was a surprise? This is what the PACs want, and it’s the only way they can win. Planting the seeds of crime in secret behind closed doors . Sneaky

This is how the drop box situation is going to work out: Bill requires boxes be manned. Election officials given no extra funds. Cant afford cost of box supervision. Number of ballot boxes reduced in turn. Reduction primarily in minority strongholds. Voter suppression. Protecting the Big Lie-Republicans sure hate people voting. It won’t stop this last election proved the power of voting. We’ll wait longer, we’ll vote earlier. You wont suppress out votes.

Fascists Hey Florida when are y’all able to get rid of this guy? Sincerely the rest of the country. Your headline says one thing and your photo says another. Stop propping up DeSantis. 'We're doing great things'....the air of self importance is reprehensible *screams about voter fraud beforehand* *wins election* *still screams about voter fraud* *never finds any* *changes laws anyways*

What are these guardrails? did Jim Crow send those from the grave or are those Trump chains to hold Black & Brown people in more bondage. My message to Democrats and Black & Brown people whose votes are being suppressed by all these new laws, Be Still & Know that I am God-:)) There was no proof of fraud in Florida, so his reasoning is a lie right off the bat.

My home has never been broken into but I still lock the door when I leave. Preventing potential wrongdoing protects the security of the vote. Everyone deserves to know their vote is secure.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a sweeping elections bill that Republicans said would curb fraud, though they acknowledged none occurred in November. He’s reportedly also accepted a bid to appear on NBCs, “America’s most incompetent douche” airing this fall.. Great headline These laws are purely in response the voter turnout it's it's clearly an attack on Democracy trying to make it harder for Americans to vote because the reality is there is no justifiable evidence of voter fraud in any elections in American history to justify them.

Totally unconstitutional !!! do yall know how many blacks and latins are registered Repulicans; from haitians, jamaicans, bahamians, colombians, cubans, venezuelans? they plant their seeds here for a small government and low tax no-fuss way of life.

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