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Breaking: Ron DeSantis Signs Election Restriction Bill That Would Require Those Voting Absentee To Submit ID

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday signed a sweeping new election reform measure that would restrict access to the ballot box, the latest Republican-led effort to change election procedures sparked by former President Trump’s defeat six months ago.

DeSantis signed the legislation live on Fox News, shutting out local media who had planned to cover the ceremony. Florida Republicans passed the measure on near party-line votes over the objection of civil rights groups, and over the opposition of all 67 of the state’s county supervisors of elections.

The measure would limit voter access to absentee ballot drop boxes used by most Florida counties, and it would require voters who want to cast absentee ballots to submit new requests every election cycle, rather than every four years. It will also ban anyone other than election workers from distributing food or water to anyone waiting in line within 150 feet of a polling place.

The bill would require voters who want an absentee ballot or to change their party registration to submit a driver’s license number, a state identification number or the last four digits of their Social Security number along with their request.

It also bars the state or any Florida county from entering into legal consent agreements that would change election procedures, and it bans counties from accepting grants or private funds to pay for election-related expenses.

The ban on private funding is similar to measures under consideration in Texas, Arizona and other states where dozens of counties received grants from a nonprofit tied to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to help pay for additional poll workers and security system… (Read more)

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