Florida’s New Election Integrity Law Includes Heritage Recommendations

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Florida’s New Election Integrity Law Includes Heritage Recommendations

May 14th, 2021

SB 90, the election integrity bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis signed on May 6, contains numerous provisions recommended Heritage scholars.

Florida has joined the ranks of states like Georgia and Arizona that have acted this year to make their elections more secure.   

SB 90, the election integrity bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis signed on May 6, contains numerous provisions recommended by Heritage scholars, such as requiring 24-hour, in-person monitoring of all drop box locations, requiring voters to submit vote-by-mail requests every election cycle, and requiring an on-paper signature to verify identity before a voter may cast a ballot. 

Another provision contained in the law bans the use of private funds for election-related expenses. This provision matches one contained within an election bill passed in Arizona.  

During the 2020 election, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg contributed supposedly “nonpartisan” grants to state and local election boards, but a post-election analysis showed that the grants were targeted to Democrat-leaning districts.   

Hans von Spakovsky, manager of Heritage’s Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow in the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, has promoted these and other proposals for years.  

Prior to passing SB 90, Florida incorporated the “Best Practices” recommendations that von Spakovsky authored in a February report

Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson expressed her support for the new bill. 

“As Florida has worked to strengthen election integrity this year, Gov. DeSantis has led the fight every step of the way,” Anderson said. “Months ago, the governor identified key reforms and election integrity bills that would ensure Florida continues to lead the nation in election integrity.” 

She continued, “Heritage Action is proud to support the efforts of Gov. DeSantis and Florida legislators ensuring it is easy to vote and hard to cheat in the Sunshine State. Every Floridian has the right to a transparent, efficient election process that they can have confidence in. We thank Gov. DeSantis for his strong leadership in strengthening Florida’s elections.” 

Heritage has worked tirelessly to promote election reform to guarantee free and fair elections—making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. Heritage’s recommendations have been implemented in election reforms across the country

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