Ron DeSantis floats Iowa caucus sites in Florida, so snowbirds wouldn’t have to go home to vote
Image via Ron DeSantis campaign livestream

Desantis Davenport Iowa
'Do one in Naples, one in Marco Island. You know, whatever you need to do.'

Back in Iowa Saturday morning, Ron DeSantis said he wanted snowbirds visiting the Sunshine State to be able to vote without going back home.

The 2024 presidential candidate told supporters in Muscadine that he wanted caucus sites in Southwest Florida.

“But I do know with so many people that go down in Florida, I have to figure out — I may petition the Iowa Republican Party to have some caucus sites in Southwest Florida,” the Governor quipped.

“So people could just go, I mean, do one in Naples, one in Marco Island. You know, whatever you need to do.”

The Governor’s trial balloon was included as part of a very familiar riff about how happy Iowans are with the conservative governance of his key endorser, Kim Reynolds and how his children are looking forward to “seeing snow” in an early voting state.

“I know it gets cold here because all I have to do is as we get into December and January, if I want to talk to people from Iowa or Illinois or Wisconsin, I just go to Marco Island and Naples and Bonita Springs and Fort Myers and I got half the Midwest down there,” the Governor quipped.

The Iowa caucuses, of course, are community participation models, different from primaries given that voters show up to sites around the state and attempt to convince others to support their candidate. While a primary might lend itself to absentee balloting, it’s unclear how gaming the system for voters who prefer Florida’s temperate winters to being in states where they are registered to vote would actually work.

It’s also unclear how those elections would be made secure in a way that accords with Iowa law. DeSantis has been an exponent of so-called election security for years, but if this proposal came to pass, it seems ripe for potential exploitation and subversion.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    November 11, 2023 at 11:39 am

    DeSperation. DeLusional.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    November 11, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Good morning America,
    Our Governor and next POTUS, Ron “THE RONALD” DeSantis, is a genius.
    Thank you America,

    • Spellchecker

      November 12, 2023 at 5:45 pm

      Hey Arm Pitt”s it’s spelled “Jenius”

  • Elmo

    November 11, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    How stupid is that. He’s got to be high as a kite.

  • PeterH

    November 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    If there are Iowa residents regularly in Florida for any part of the year…… they are here for the warm winter AND STATE TAX FREE RESIDENCY!

    Sorry Ron to upset your voting shopping cart. Iowa residents can’t vote in two States …….

  • Joe

    November 11, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    That’s not how elections work, Tiny D.

  • Silly Wabbit

    November 11, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    He kwazy.

  • Bwj

    November 12, 2023 at 8:24 am

    So accuse the Democrats of election fraud, while advocating for potential ballot stuffing in your home state. I will bet he’d put a polling station in the Villages. There have been folks there who voted illegally.

  • Bill

    November 12, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Wouldn’t his election gestapo have to arrest them for voting illegally? Personally, I’m happy for all the snowbirders to bugger off even it’s just for a couple of days to vote.

  • Get'em Dano

    November 12, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    Where’s the election police when you need them, arrest that man.

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