Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on Thursday a bill to limit vote-by-mail across the state in future elections.
SB90, introduced by the Republicans, who are the majority in the Florida Congress, was approved with 23 votes in favor and 17 against at the end of April.
The Republican governor signed the law in a Palm Beach hotel, where former President Donald Trump resides, together with a group of Republican congressmen.
The ceremony was broadcast live on Fox News Channel. The governor said the new law puts Florida at the head of the states where the possibility of fraud is minimal. “I think these are the strongest election integrity measures in the country,” DeSantis said.
Under the new law, voters who want to vote by mail will have to request a ballot every election cycle, not every other election cycle as is currently the case.
The law also restricts the use of ballot boxes during early voting days, which were available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There will also be a signature verification, which means that voters must have a signature on file with the electoral authorities to prevent fraudulent voting.
In 2020, 2.1 million Democrats voted by mail, compared to 1.5 million Republicans and 1 million voters who were not affiliated with either party.