It took simply minutes after DeSantis signed the invoice for pro-democracy organizations, together with the League of Girls Voters of Florida, Black Voters Issues Fund, Florida Alliance for Retired Individuals, and NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund to file lawsuits challenging it.
The new Florida law includes by-now-familiar restrictions on voting like limiting the provision of poll drop bins, making it tougher to vote by mail, and stopping teams from providing water or snacks to individuals ready in lengthy voting strains. As soon as individuals get in to vote in individual, they may very well be confronted by the army of partisan poll watchers the brand new regulation permits, who will be capable of crowd in round election staff. Moreover it replaces particular elections for some native workplace vacancies with appointments by the governor—at a time when DeSantis can be delaying a special election in a majority-Black district for 280 days after the dying of Rep. Alcee Hastings. In different phrases, it’s a combination of a few of the worst issues we’d already seen in states like Georgia with some additional particular Florida twists.
Turning the signing right into a spectacle for Fox Information actually reveals off the partisan intent right here. DeSantis has praised how effectively Florida’s 2020 elections have been run—elections during which 40% of voters used mail ballots—but his embrace of Trump’s election lies is so full that he wished to make additional sure Trump noticed that Republicans within the state have been pivoting their legal guidelines round these lies. And the way higher to ensure Trump notices one thing than to place it on Fox & Buddies? This regulation is equal components about making it tougher for Democratic-leaning teams to vote—a longtime Republican objective—and about displaying loyalty to Trump via embrace of his claims that they solely motive he misplaced is due to a rigged election. Each targets are horrible and harmful, however the latter can be ridiculous.
DeSantis is displaying his dedication to be Trump’s favourite particular boy, however what does he assume the endgame is? If Trump doesn’t run in 2024, no quantity of sucking up will assure that he stays loyal—the minute one other Republican appears prone to change him because the occasion’s chief, Trump will activate that individual. And if Trump does run in 2024, DeSantis functionally can’t be his vice presidential decide until one of many males modifications his residency from Florida, as a result of electors cannot vote for each a president and a vp from their very own states, and Florida’s electoral votes are sort of a giant deal. Do you assume Trump goes to hassle altering residency for another person’s political ambitions?
However wherever DeSantis thinks his personal private political ambitions are going, the voter suppression regulation he simply signed is one other case of Republicans going to the acute each to rig elections in their very own favor at no matter value to consultant democracy, and to point out their fealty to Trump regardless of the electoral losses he dropped at their occasion.