DeSantis boasted that the new election law is “the strongest election integrity measure” in the nation. It aims to curb mail-in voting by restricting when ballot drop boxes can be used, making sure they’re guarded at all times, and only making them available when election offices and early voting sites are open. In other words, if your work shift ends at 11 p.m. and you want to drop your ballot off on your way home, you won’t be able to because the in-person election offices and voting locations will likely be closed. The law also puts tougher restrictions on voter I.D. requirements for vote-by-mail, prohibits the mailing of ballots to those who do not specifically request an absentee, as well as a laundry list of other unnecessary obstructions to what should be a seamless voting process.

This is all meant to tackle widespread voter fraud, a phenomenon that does not exist, despite former President Trump’s insistence to the contrary. But DeSantis and many other Republican governors who have passed restrictive voting bills in the last few months don’t care about the truth, they care about pleasing Trump, and pleasing Trump pleases their right-wing base.

“Me signing this bill says, ‘Florida, your vote counts, your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency and this is a great place for democracy,’” De Santis said following the signing.


A great place for democracy for whom?