Poising himself perfectly for a future presidential run, Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida, has taken it upon himself to pioneer election reform.
Following the controversial, voter fraud-ridden presidential election of 2020, the governor announced Florida will be the first state to take extensive action to prevent fraud from interfering in the will of the people in future elections.
Despite having the most efficient and legitimate voting process in the country during the last election, DeSantis revealed a slew of measures to strengthen election integrity that he plans to sign into law in May.
Speaking to Republicans in West Palm Beach on Friday, the governor said, “We have led on this issue from the very beginning. The results speak for themselves, but we also can’t rest on our laurels.”
Governor Ron DeSantis announces election reform despite having the most efficient and legitimate voting process in the country during the 2020 election. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/6BZSFyp51t
— Grace Saldana (@gracesaldanaa) February 19, 2021
To make sure Florida stays “ahead of the curve” and that “citizens have confidence in the elections,” DeSantis revealed the state will be taking action to improve “ballot integrity” and transparency in the process.
He plans to achieve this by closing loopholes that enable ballot harvesting, outlawing mass mail-in voting, addressing the use of ballot drop boxes, ensuring vote-by-mail requests are made each election year, and requiring signature-matching on mail-in ballots.
The governor added he will be moving to require “real-time reporting of voter turnout data at the precinct level” allowing for fully transparent reporting to voters on election night. The Supervisors of Elections will also be obligated to report how many ballots are requested, received, and left to be counted.
His proposed legislation would also ensure all poll watchers are allowed to observe the vote-counting process, regardless of political affiliation. We cannot tolerate the scenes we witnessed in November where Republican poll watchers were being denied access to vote processing centers.
For better “transparency in the elections process,” the Supervisors of Elections will be required to “post over-vote ballots to be considered by the canvassing board on their website” before the board meets.
Regarding the massive amount of influence Big Tech companies, like Facebook and Twitter, have had on presidential elections, DeSantis intends to curb that sway by prohibiting counties from receiving grants from private, third-party “get out the vote” initiatives,” he wrote in a statement.
DeSantis just laid out a blueprint that every state, especially those that were contested in 2020, should adopt to guarantee election integrity.
The Florida governor’s proposed legislation is key to restoring the American people’s faith in our voting process, but more importantly, ensuring that we do indeed have free and fair elections in this country.