Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new voting law during a television appearance early on Thursday, hailing the bill’s focus on election security, stating that it will add the “strongest election integrity measures in the country.”
“We’re making sure we’re enforcing voter ID,” DeSantis stated during an appearance on Fox News from West Palm Beach, where he signed the new bill in front of very enthusiastic supporters. “We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes to dump them in some dropbox.”
Florida’s law requires votes to be tracked as they come in, in real-time, and the new legislation’s provisions will strengthen that, DeSantis said.
“Not the results, but we know who’s voting, what your registration is,” the governor said. “We follow the turnout so that when the election’s over, we know the universe of votes that have been cast, and it makes it so someone can’t dump 100,000 votes 2 or 3 days later.”
He added, in the past election, the state had 11 million votes, or 99%, counted by midnight, so the new law will “make it even better as we go forward.”
“We’re proud of the strides that we’ve made,” DeSantis went on to say. “We’re not resting on our laurels, and signing this bill says ‘Florida, your vote counts. Your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency.'”
The governor himself stated he’s not a fan of drop boxes, but said the legislature wanted to keep them and tighten up how they are used and where they are located.
The new bill requires drop boxes to be geographically located to provide all voters in a county with an equal opportunity to use one to cast a ballot while being monitored in person.