It’s official: Florida has become the first state in America to implement sweeping new measures intended to strengthen the election process.
During a signing ceremony streamed live on Fox News in front of a private crowd in West Palm Beach on Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 90, the GOP-majority legislature’s election integrity bill.
Under the new law, a variety of safeguards will be added to further secure the state’s future presidential elections.
“Florida took action this legislative session to increase transparency and strengthen the security of our elections,” Governor Ron DeSantis said during the ceremony.
Although the state already requires voter ID, new identification requirements would be added when it comes to requesting mail-in ballots. To prevent fraud from happening on a statewide level, the law also bans mass mail-in ballots from being sent out.
The governor revealed ballot harvesting will now be prohibited. “We’re not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box,” he said.
Although DeSantis wanted to get rid of drop boxes completely, the legislature wanted them to remain available with limitations, Fox News reported.
Drop boxes must be geographically located so that all voters can access them to vote, but they “must be monitored” at all times they are open.
“The drop boxes will be available only when they’re monitored and during regular voting hours,” DeSantis said. “You can’t just leave these boxes out where there’s not supervision all hours of the night.”
Furthermore, the bill states that interest groups are prohibited from flooding elections with private money. This restriction was added because it was discovered that companies like Facebook had a massive influence on the 2020 presidential election due to their heavy financial influence.
DeSantis signed SB 90 into law after just a few months of negotiations between the state’s two houses. The governor hopes this will be a roadmap for other states to follow in the prevention of widespread fraud from occurring again in another presidential election.