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June 12, 2021
After passing in the Florida legislature, SB 90, the state’s latest election bill, has been signed by Governor Ron DeSantis.
The signing was broadcasted live on Fox & Friends Thursday morning in Palm Beach County, FL. “Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country,” Governor DeSantis said of the bill. Florida is the latest battleground state to enact new election laws in an effort to secure election integrity following the controversial 2020 Presidential Election. The legislation asks citizens to choose a ballot drop box at least 30 days prior to the election when voting by mail, and ballots can not be delivered by anyone. Drop boxes must be supervised by election officials while open.
During voting, voter assistance is limited and food, water, or election-related materials can not be given out within 150 feet of a ballot box. Only non-partisan volunteers and staff working with election supervision may provide assistance here. Ballot counting observers must oversee the process for each political party official and candidate after polls close. The legislation has been met with controversy, being called un-American and an effort to suppress voters.
“The legislation has a deliberate and disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color. It’s a despicable attempt by a one party ruled legislature to choose who can vote in our state and who cannot. It’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American,” said Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. Similar legislation is underway in numerous states, including Georgia and Texas.
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