What You Need To Know:
One day after the 2020 presidential election, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted his congratulations to state election officials, calling Florida a model for the rest of the nation to follow.
Three months later, Governor DeSantis has joined fellow Republicans nationwide to make it more difficult for many citizens, especially people of color, to vote next time around. Following the successful use of mail ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, he has called for a change in how voters receive ballots, along with restricting access to ballot boxes.
Under the proposed DeSantis legislation:
1-Vote-by-mail ballots would not be sent to all Floridians but only to those making the request.
2-Reduce the number of ballot boxes.
3-Do away with “ballot harvesting” to prevent people from bringing in ballots of others, unless it’s the ballot of an immediate family member.
During his presentation Friday, Ron DeSantis said last year Florida was “the most transparent and efficient election anywhere in the country.” Adding, the new changes were necessary to “stay ahead of the curve” and “improve confidence in the system.”
Why We Need To Know:
Like other Republican leaders, Governor DeSantis is using the lies and false presentations in Trump election fraud lawsuits around the country. Following the lead of fellow Republicans such as Georgia, he announced proposals making it more difficult for citizens of color to vote next time around.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, at least 28 states are working on 106 restrictive bills for this year’s legislative session.
Many of the changes in a Republican bill introduced to the Georgia State Legislature, would predominantly affect larger, minority-heavy Democratic strongholds of Georgia.
-The bill would prohibit counties from holding early Sunday voting, a high turnout for Black voters through “souls to the polls” voter mobilization events.
-Changing the timeline on how early and how late an absentee ballot can be requested and sent out. And it should be noted, this will use a still-ailing postal system.
No longer is Florida a model for the rest of the country to follow, but thanks to the Governor’s proposed legislation, Florida will follow Republicans as they continue tilting the election playing field.