Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis barred all local media outlets besides Fox News for the signing of a voting bill Thursday.
DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske told reporters that the bill signing was a “Fox exclusive,” according to the Sun Sentinal’s editorial writer Steve Bousquet. DeSantis signed the bill live on Fox News’ show “Fox & Friends.”
The bill aims to tighten regulations on things like ballot drop boxes and mail-in voting. DeSantis called it “the strongest election integrity” measure “in the county” while speaking to Fox News. DeSantis was surrounded by a group of individuals and cheers could be heard throughout his interview with the network.
“We’re making sure we’re enforcing voter ID. Look, you have to show a picture idea to do all these other things in society, clearly voting. We’re also banning ballot harvesting,” DeSantis said as he explained the bill.
DeSantis signs Florida election bill tightening drop box, mail-in ballot rules
DeSantis said live on “Fox & Friends” that the new law would continue to keep things like mail voting accessible while also protecting election integrity.
“I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country,” DeSantis said. “We’re making sure we’re enforcing voter ID… We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not gonna let political operatives go and get satchels of votes to dump them in some drop box.”
DeSantis added: “We’re also prohibiting mass mailing of balloting. We’ve had absentee voting in Florida for a long time. You request the ballot. You get it. And you mail it in. But to just indiscriminately send them out is not a recipe for success.” (More detail here)
DeSantis announces $1,000 bonuses to Florida first responders
DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday, flanked by first responders and members of law enforcement during a news conference in front of the Satellite Beach Police Department.
During the event he also announced he would sign the state’s budget.
The police officers surrounding the governor applauded DeSantis for the move, which he said would fund the police “and then some,” throwing sand in the face of progressives who want to defund law enforcement.
“I asked the legislature in this legislative session, we need to do bonuses for law enforcement,” DeSantis said. “Some wanted to defund the police, we’re funding the police, and then some.” (More detail here)