Armed with two smooth election cycles under his guidance, Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida’s recent election laws have increased confidence in voting and compliance with the law.
Three weeks after Election Day, DeSantis and Florida Republicans are still riding high off their sweeping victories across the Sunshine State.
In three of his four years as Governor, DeSantis has signed legislation making major changes to election law. After establishing mail-in ballot drop boxes, DeSantis and lawmakers returned after the 2020 election — inspired in part by former President Donald Trump’s election loss — with crackdowns on ballot harvesting and more.
“I think the fact that we have put in place an ability to hold people accountable if they violate election laws has contributed to, just, compliance,” DeSantis said. “Why worry, why violate the law if you know you’re going to be held accountable? It’s not worth it.”
This year’s legislation included a controversial election law enforcement unit that, within two months of its creation, announced around 20 arrests for voter fraud. Already those cases have mixed results, with at least one person taking a plea deal and another successful in getting his case thrown out.
Since the Midterms, election investigators in Florida and elsewhere haven’t identified widespread problems. DeSantis said investigators pursued reports of ballot harvesting in Orange County but did not find harvesting.
“I have asked for as many reports as possible, but by and large, this was a very transparent, efficient and effectively run election, and that was not true in every state in the country,” DeSantis said.
Despite Hurricane Nicole looming off the state’s east coast as voters took to the polls, officials had counted the majority of ballots in Florida by Tuesday night, and all counties met their reporting deadlines. In contentious states like Arizona and Nevada and others like Alaska — where ranked choice voting forces the state to wait until all ballots have arrived before producing results — voters didn’t know who won their races for several days.
“We had 99-plus percent counted by midnight and then we’re off to dealing with a hurricane, and then after we’re done with that on the initial, you still have some of these other places that are having trouble counting votes,” DeSantis said.
November 29, 2022 at 1:03 pm
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November 29, 2022 at 7:11 pm
Republicans have fueled voter intimidation and insecurity which is why the 2022 Florida elections had high record voter turnout! I am very smart!
November 29, 2022 at 2:19 pm
Gee, I wonder if this site wants Ron Desantis to run for president? Oh wait, it’s a complete shill for Strategic Image Management, so yeah….
November 29, 2022 at 7:07 pm
Please help, I’m very stupid. I think one article that simply presents what Ron Desantis said means the site supports him even though every opinion piece is anti-republican and anti-Desantis.
November 29, 2022 at 2:24 pm
It took almost 2 years for the state to identify 2020 voter fraud. These recent claims are premature.
November 29, 2022 at 3:04 pm
Florida elections integrity laws achieved their goal of making it easy for legal voters and difficult to vote illegally without consequences. Had liberal counties like broward and orange and alachua and Leon and Gadsden been left alone to manufacture all the schetchy mail in ballots they could harvest they would have compromised the outcome of state wide elections.
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December 2, 2022 at 12:40 pm
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