Florida's new election law praised as model for all states

Friday, May 7, 2021
Chris Woodward, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Gov. Rick DeSantis (R-Florida)The governor of Florida is getting rave reviews from conservatives after signing an election integrity bill into law.

On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured) signed a sweeping elections bill that he and other Republicans say places guardrails against voter fraud.

"Right now, I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country," DeSantis said as he signed it. "We're also banning ballot harvesting. We're not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box."

Groups including the NAACP and Common Cause have already said they intend to file a lawsuit in federal court, alleging the new law makes it more difficult for people who are black, Latino or disabled to vote. And according to The Associated Press, Democrats and voter advocates have assailed the law as "a blatant attempt to impede access to the polls so that Republicans might regain an advantage."

Not everyone, however, agrees with those assessments.

"By signing Senate Bill 90, Governor DeSantis is taking a stand that benefits all Americans," says Tarren Bragdon, president and CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). "Future elections, as we know, will determine the success of our country, and this legislation ensures that Florida elections will remain fair and transparent."


Bragdon argues that other states "should look to Florida as the leader in election reforms and to lay out a process of how do you protect every voter by making it easy to vote and hard to cheat?"

Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, agrees. "Those are some great measures that I hope not only Florida but many states would follow … to protect the integrity of the election," he tells One News Now. "DeSantis is really proving to be a solid conservative on issues like voting [and] social issues …."

Governor Brian Kemp (R-Georgia) has stated that his state's election law makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat, as Bragdon describes. Still, companies and citizens in Georgia have been critical of their state, even going so far as to call for or threaten a boycott. One News Now asked if that could happen in Florida as well.

Florida"We haven't heard of companies threatening to boycott Florida," Bragdon responds. "But here's the fact: when you have companies that are trying to bully state legislators [or a governor], they may be able to successfully [do that] in one state.

"But when several states take a stand, all at the same time or in a short amount of time, then everyone is able to do the right thing."

He advises that the best way to fight a bully is simply to fight back. "And that's exactly what they're doing here in Florida – but also that's why it's important that other states continue this track record of reform."

By signing the bill, DeSantis extended a no-influence zone to 150 feet (50 meters) around polling places. And elections officials would have to let candidates and other observers witness some key election night moments in the ballot-handling process. Any violations could prompt hefty fines.

Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.


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