Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs restrictive voting legislation

"Floridians can rest assured that their votes count and that Florida will continue to conduct elections that are efficient, transparent and secure," he tweeted

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By: Alyssa Wilson

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed an elections bill into law Thursday that restricts voting access. 

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Republicans say it will protect against fraud, echoing false claims from former President Donald Trump that President Joe Biden’s victory was due to a stolen election. Democrats say the legislation will make it harder for some to vote. 

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DeSantis, who is expected to announce his run for reelection, staged the signing on a live broadcast of Fox & Friends, ABC 7 reported. Other media organizations were not allowed to view the signing. 

Some of the changes to Florida’s election rules are similar to Georgia’s SB 202, which has come under harsh criticism by Democrats and voter rights groups. 

The new law, titled S.B. 90, states: 

  • Restricts when ballot drop boxes can be used and who can collect ballots
  • Only allows someone to collect and return a ballot of a member of their immediate family
  • Orders dropboxes to be supervised and only be available when elections offices and early voting sights are open
  • Requires that a voter making changes to registration data provide an identification number
  • Limits who can hand out food, water or election-related material to voters waiting in line
  • Prohibits anyone not designated as election staff from providing assistance to voters in the area

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This is a developing story that will be updated.