Florida Governor Ron Descentis is there Signed a law To reduce access to absent ballots and add new barriers to the process of submitting them, the latest Republican-backed voting restriction law in the United States since the 2020 presidential election could take effect.
The new law limits missing ballot drop boxes to the initial voting period, adds new identification requirements to request for such ballots, and requires voters to re-apply for missing ballots in each new general election cycle. Previously, Florida voters had to register for an absentee ballot once in every two election cycles.
The law gives biased election observers more power to raise objections and proposes to allow voters to stay at least 45 meters (150 feet) away from the polling station to extend beyond the previous 30-meter (100 feet) radius.
De Santis, who signed the bill while appearing on the conservative Fox News Network’s Fox & Friends program, said: “I sign this bill: Florida, your vote is being counted, your vote will be counted with honesty and transparency, and this is a great place for a democracy.” “
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The Collard Peoples (NAACP), the Florida Disability Rights and Commonwealth National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP), a government accountability group, immediately filed a lawsuit challenging the law, arguing that they were first and foremost. Violation of the Fourteenth Amendment violates the Constitution of the United States and American Disability Act
Florida League of Women voters have also filed a separate legal challenge.
The law “provides a direct and intense response to the historic turnout of black voters in the 2020 election season,” said Zachary Morris, assistant consultant to the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF).
“The repressive and discriminatory provisions of the law make it clear that the goal of the Florida legislature is to create more barriers for Florida voters, especially those with disabilities,” Morris said in a statement Thursday. “Black voters and Latino voters have access to the ballot box. These efforts are shameful and they are not new. We cannot allow elected officials to suppress the vote under the guise of electoral fidelity. ”
There are Republican legislators in many states To follow In the wake of then-President Donald Trump’s false claims, steps to restrict the right to vote were rigged in the run-up to the 2020 election.
In the wake of the new move, Florida Republican legislators have repeatedly cited Trump’s unfounded claims of absentee voters in Florida himself after his indecisive loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Judges Rejected Claims in more than 0 lawsuits that failed to overturn the election results. Members of the legislature in Republican-controlled states, including Georgia, Texas and Arizona, nevertheless said they were needed to prevent voter fraud, which is rare in the United States.
‘Smoothest, most successful selection’
De Santis acknowledged in a February press release that Florida held “the smoothest, most successful election of any state in the country” in November, but said new restrictions on the ballot were needed to protect the integrity of the election.
Mail-in ballots or absent ballots were used by Democratic voters more than Republicans in the 2020 election because many people were able to avoid voting in person during the Coronavirus epidemic.
Florida Republicans used slightly more mail-in voters than Democrats in the 2014, 201 and 2011 general elections, with Democrats submitting 2.2 million mail-in ballots, compared to 1.5 million Republican voters, according to state records.
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“Leaders in the Florida Republican legislature seem determined to weaken the system without significant problems for the betterment of the next generation,” said Sylvia Albert, director of the Commonwealth watchdog and vote director of the election, in a statement April 26 after the Florida House Bill was passed.
Georgia’s Republican governor in March Signed a law That has strengthened absentee ballot identification requirements, restricted the use of ballot drop boxes, and allowed a Republican-controlled state agency to conduct local voting activities.
Democrats and voting rights advocates have sued Georgia for the move, saying it deprived black voters, whose massive vote helped Biden run for president, and gave Democrats the victory in Georgia’s two U.S. Senate in January that gave them control of the chamber.
Top US agencies too Decreed Georgia Law, and Major League Baseball have removed its All-Star Game from the state in protest.