Despite Florida’s successful 2020 election, the Florida legislature passed a law to shore up elections in the Sunshine State. On Thursday morning, Governor DeSantis signed it into law live on Fox News.
The new GOP-led election bill, SB-90, passed last week requires voter I.D., bans ballot harvesting and mass mail-in voting, and restricts the hours of operation for ballot drop-boxes.
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was at a Hilton in West Palm Beach, Florida when he appeared live on Fox & Friends and signed the bill into law on air. Fox News was the only media permitted inside the event.
“We think this’ll make it even better as we go forward, so we’re proud of the strides that we’ve made,” DeSantis said. “We’re not resting on our laurels, and me signing this bill says, Florida, your vote counts. Your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency.”
“I’m not a fan of [drop boxes] at all, to be honest with you, but the legislature wanted to keep them,” he added. “But they need to be monitored. You can’t just leave these boxes out where there’s no supervision at all hours of the night. So the drop boxes will be available only when they’re monitored and during regular voting hours.”
The bill also enforces voter ID laws, which require voters who are registering to provide either a Florida driver’s license number, an identification number for those who don’t have a license, or the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number. Now, voters who request an absentee ballot will have to apply annually instead of through the next two general elections, like the law previously required.
But, of course, DeSantis haters gonna hate… and boy, do they hate Ron DeSantis with a deep, seething hatred.
Corporate Media, who have been dunking on DeSantis as his star continues to rise, were very upset that it was a Fox News exclusive.
Here’s how the butthurt libs that weren’t invited reported on the bill.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a restrictive voting bill into law, joining a host of other GOP-led states in limiting access to the ballot box https://t.co/uz3Wr701eW
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 6, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed new voting restrictions into law on Thursday that will make it more difficult for people to vote by mail and use popular ballot drop boxes. The governor gave Fox News an exclusive to broadcast the bill signing ceremony. https://t.co/Kd6bljPHQm
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 6, 2021
JUST IN: At an event banning access for all local media except Fox News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial election law that imposes sweeping new restrictions on voting. https://t.co/tW320OIEwE
— Axios (@axios) May 6, 2021
Politico was very disappointed that the super-hot, popular guy didn’t invite them to the Prom:
Continuing his ongoing feud with most of the “corporate media,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a contentious election bill into law today during an event where only Fox News was allowed to observe https://t.co/7IA3AbUr4L
— POLITICO (@politico) May 6, 2021
Points to HuffPo for overtly branding the bill as racist by mentioning it in conjunction with the Georgia bill that POTUS 46 called “Jim Eagle” and the Corporate Media dubbed “Jim Crow 2.0.”
NEW: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a set of provisions that follows Georgia’s lead in restricting voting rights. https://t.co/Dc298gwEZO
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) May 6, 2021
Even though even the Washington Post had to give Biden 4 Pinocchios on that overt smear of the Georgia bill.
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) March 31, 2021
Now that Florida has passed a similar law, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if WaPo fact-checks their fact-check.
These corporate media people are shameless.
As we have seen, any attempt by any Republican leader to secure elections is seen as “undermining the integrity of elections” through the “disenfranchisement of minorities” because bigots think that minorities are somehow incapable of obtaining identification due to their race. It’s really quite disgusting.
Nevertheless, they persisted.
Cue the perpetually outraged in 3, 2, 1…
Shortly after DeSantis signed the bill, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Black Voters Matters Fund, and Florida Alliance for Retired Americans filed a lawsuit seeking to stop it, alleging aspects of the legislation violate the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. They are hoping to get the law thrown out for violating voter’s rights.
Soruce: Washington Examiner
Ah, yes. Making sure that people are who say that they are and limiting opportunities for voter fraud are now “violations of voters’ rights.”
The glaring problem that we have in this country is that we live in two very different worlds where the left wants to relax the guardrails on elections and the right wants to strengthen them.
Now we have to wait and see what happens in the Senate with H.R.1 that passed in the House of Representatives last month. It’s unlikely to pass unless the Senate eliminates the filibuster, but if H.R.1 does pass, it would override state laws that are in conflict with it, and then we’re in a world of hurt.