Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Law Limiting Mail-In Ballots and Drop Boxes

Headline Roundup May 6th, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law Thursday morning that places tighter limits on ballot drop boxes and voting by mail. "I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country," DeSantis said. The law, which bears some similarities to Georgia’s recent controversial voting law, was passed by Florida Republicans on near party-line votes and over the opposition of Florida’s county supervisors of elections. Specifically, the law requires an ID number to request a mail-in ballot, lowers the applicability of mail-in ballot requests from 4 years to 2, and limits drop boxes to in-person monitored locations during regular early voting hours, among other things. DeSantis, accompanied by the pro-Trump group Club 45 USA, signed the law live on Fox News and shut out local media. Democrats and civil rights groups promptly filed two lawsuits challenging the new law.

Coverage from the left was more likely to use the words “suppress” and “restrict.” Coverage was less prominent in right-rated outlets outside of Fox News.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Law Limiting Mail-In Ballots and Drop Boxes

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During a nationally televised event hosted by a fan club of former President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law contentious and wide-ranging changes to the state’s voting system, including provisions targeting voting by mail and limiting the use of ballot drop boxes.

Highlighting the sharply partisan debate surrounding Senate Bill 90, passed by state lawmakers last week, DeSantis barred Florida reporters from attending the event held in West Palm Beach before the group Club 45 USA. Fox News was granted exclusive access.

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From the Right
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a voting bill in the state into law on Thursday morning, making his state the latest GOP-leaning state to enact voting changes after the 2020 presidential election.

DeSantis, a Republican, said live on "Fox & Friends" that the new law would continue to keep things like mail voting accessible while also protecting election integrity.

"I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country," DeSantis said. "We're making sure we're enforcing voter ID… We're also banning ballot harvesting. We're not gonna...

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From the Left
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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday morning signed into law a controversial voting bill aimed at curbing access to mail-in voting in the state, joining a host of other GOP-led states pushing new limits in connection with former President Donald Trump's baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 election.

In signing the bill during an appearance on "Fox & Friends," the Florida Republican highlighted provisions of the bill including stricter voter ID requirements for voting by mail, creating limits on who can pick up and return a voter's ballot,...

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