The White House put GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on blast after he signed a piece of election reform legislation that they say restricts voting access.
In other words, the new law makes people have to provide identification before they are allowed to vote, thus preventing illegal immigrants and others from voting in elections they have no right to participate in.
Florida’s new law is another reason why the Senate should pass the sweeping 800-page election overhaul legislation approved by the House in March, according to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.
“Florida is moving in the wrong direction,” Jean-Pierre said to the press on Thursday. “We need to be working to make sure voting is secure and convenient, and that’s part of why we need laws like H.R. 1.”
Jean-Pierre defended the 2020 election as one of the most secure in U.S. history despite the uptick in mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. She added there was “no legitimate reason” for bills that “make it harder to vote that’s built on a lie.”
“The only reason to change the rules right now is if you don’t like who voted. And that should be out of bounds,” she went on to say.
DeSantis signed a bill Thursday morning during an appearance on Fox & Friends that updates voter identification requirements for mail-in ballots and regulates how absentee ballots are received and returned. It also empowers partisan poll watchers and limits private election funding. Unlike other states, Florida had a system for mail-in voting before the pandemic.
At the end of the day, it’s not unreasonable to ask that folks provide proof they are citizens and that they are who they claim to be. We require identification for buying beer, watching R-rated movies, buying a gun, and driving a car.
It’s really not that much of a stretch to ask folks to use an ID to vote.