We have huge breaking news coming out from the state of Florida.
The Florida Legislature passed a sweeping election bill Thursday night that would make significant changes to mail voting in the state after a record number of Floridians voted by mail in the 2020 election.
Republicans throughout the country have been “almost” together in support for electoral reforms on the use of mall-in voting since 2020.
And, I think this comes as exciting news. After all now you’d at least need an ID to request for a mall in vote.
Here’s more on this new development:
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) April 30, 2021
NEW – Florida Legislature passed an election bill that would add ID requirements for voters requesting to vote by mail. Governor DeSantis to sign the bill soon.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) April 30, 2021
“This bill creates good, commonsense, revisions to our election laws, that will better ensure the integrity of elections,” said state Rep. Tom Leek.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) April 30, 2021
Here’s what CBS News reported:
Governor Ron DeSantis said on Fox News Thursday night that he plans to sign the bill. If he does, Florida would become the latest state to overhaul its election system in the wake of the 2020 election. Republican lawmakers around the country have proposed significant changes to the way elections are conducted and some have already been signed into law, including Georgia, Iowa and Montana.
The bill would add ID requirements for voters requesting to vote by mail. Voters would have to provide either their driver’s license or state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number when asking for a mail ballot. The bill would also require this information to register to vote or to update a voter’s registration.
The bill would also make voters request mail ballots more frequently. Florida has allowed mail ballot requests to last for two general election cycles, but the new bill would require voters to request a mail ballot every general election cycle
Drop boxes are one of the bill’s main targets. Under the bill, they could be placed at election supervisors’ offices, permanent supervisor branch offices and early voting sites. This is a slight change from current law It would require them to be at permanent branch locations rather than any branch office. Drop boxes would have to be distributed to give voters in a county equal access.
The measure also places limits on the hours some drop boxes can be accessed. Drop boxes at early voting sites could only be accessed during early voting hours, but at supervisors’ offices they would be accessible at any hour. The drop boxes would have to be staffed by an employee from the election supervisor’s office, which is a change from the current law allowing law enforcement officers to supervise and only requires it during early voting hours. Under the measure, supervisors who don’t follow the rules related to drop boxes would have to pay a $25,000 fine.
Florida Senate advances voting bill that impacts how voters can cast a ballot by mail. This includes the number of drop boxes available, voter ID, and who can assist in delivering mail-in ballots to election offices.https://t.co/pDO0NaDArt
— HeadCount (@HeadCountOrg) April 28, 2021
IT IS HAPPENING! You will see the Democrats panic again
Florida passes election bill that would make changes to mail voting – CBS News https://t.co/4XlkSkhlDs
— Real Trump Tweets (@RealDTrumpTweet) April 30, 2021
Like this twitter user the Democrats are already panicking, and have initiated a media assault on the bill. See below
Florida Republicans Pass Voting Limits in Broad Elections Bill
The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign, is the latest Republican effort to restrict voting after the 2020 election.https://t.co/uO7o2RKPEV
— Unknown Quantity🗽🏳️🌈🌊🌊🌊 (@ReverseKarma11) April 30, 2021
Just in: Republicans in the Florida Legislature passed an election overhaul bill ushering in a host of voting restrictions, especially on voting by mail, in one of the most critical battleground states in the country
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) April 30, 2021
The Epoch Times further reported:
The Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives approved a voting measure that Republicans say would enhance election integrity in the state.
The bill passed in a 77–40 vote on April 28 and will go back to the Senate for approval.
The measure (pdf) would require signature verification for voters, provided by a “wet signature” physically signed on paper kept on file, revised distance limits for people at polling places or early voting sites and related sites, monitoring of ballot drop boxes by election workers, and ID requirements for dropping off ballots
“This bill creates good, commonsense revisions to our election laws that will better ensure the integrity of elections. Why wouldn’t you want to do that?” Republican state Rep. Tom Leek told WTSP.
Other aspects in the bill include limitations on who can return a finished mail-in ballot, preventing election officials from entering consent agreements, and requiring voters to submit yearly requests for mail-in ballots.
If the bill is approved by the state Senate, it will then head to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk. It isn’t yet known if he will sign it; his office didn’t immediately respond to a request from The Epoch Times for comment.
Democrats claim the bill’s passage is part of a greater Republican plot to suppress voters and invoked race.