Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the law in Palm Beach, where former President Donald Trump now resides. DeSantis caused a stir among the US media by banning the signing of all TV channels except the right-wing Fox News.
The new election law in the southeastern state was passed by the United States House of Representatives and the Florida Senate last week. Among other things, there will be stricter rules around postal voting, which Trump invariably claims without any evidence that encourages voter fraud and costs him the election.
Voters in Florida will now have to apply for a mail-in ballot, which experts say is particularly convenient for Republicans. DeSantis said the new law will prevent massive ballots from being mailed.
Florida is one of many states in the United States to pass electoral law reforms after an election late last year. Critics say these reforms are aimed at excluding groups of voters, especially minorities, from the ballot box. In Georgia, the new electoral law sparked strong protests.
President Biden and many big business, among others, have not had a good word about the reforms in that state, which surprisingly were passed on to Democrats in the last presidential and senatorial elections.
Linda Stewart, a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, accused Republicans of engaging in party politics with the new election law. Several organizations have already taken legal action to withdraw the new electoral law. Patricia Brigham of the League of Women Voters of Florida says the new electoral law is bad for seniors, people with disabilities, students and ethnic minorities. “The legislation is undemocratic, unconstitutional and anti-American,” Brigham said.