What’s In Florida’s New Voter Integrity Law
Bottom Line: Rhetoric is plentiful, facts are in short supply as it applies to Florida’s new voter law. Signed into existence by Governor DeSantis on Thursday in West Palm Beach, it didn’t take long before some referred to it as Jim Crow 2.0, or for a lawsuit or two to be filed challenging it. In a separate story I’ll present soon, I’ll discuss the Democrat’s passage of the Jim Crow laws and the incredible irresponsibility of the comparison to any current state’s voting laws – let alone Florida’s. For now, know that any reference to Jim Crow means that current voter laws are being compared to forced segregation and everything that went along with it. As for what changes under Florida’s new voting law known as SB 90 here’s the summary:
So plainly what changes?
- Private money is banned from use in conducting elections
- Requests for vote by mail ballots would have to occur each election cycle with ID required for each request
- Increases the window of time for Supervisors of Elections to begin processing vote-by-mail ballots by up to 40 days before Election Day
- Disallows the printing of a political party on the outside of a vote by mail ballot
- 3rd parties outside of immediate family or caregivers aren’t allowed to collect voter ballots
- Prohibits the use of drop boxes for vote by mail ballots which aren’t supervised by a person
- Drop boxes must be located in locations that are centrally located within a jurisdiction
- Each political party will have the ability to observe signature matches certified by canvassing boards
- The no influence zones outside of polling places extends to 150 feet
Now – what's analytically what’s truly objectionable here? Still, political opportunists have still opposed it using similar diatribes to what was dishonestly spread regarding Georgia’s new law. There remain two sides to stories and one side to facts.
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