Florida ran a nearly flawless election in 2020. Republicans decided to change the voting rules anyway. Here’s how.

A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis will make it harder for people to vote by mail and blocks private donations to assist elections

Voters wait in line to cast their early ballots in Hialeah, Fla., on Oct. 19. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP/Getty Images)
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By all accounts, Florida ran a virtually flawless election in 2020. There were no major reports of fraud, long lines or ballots of eligible voters being disqualified due to non-matching signatures.

Voters didn’t even let the coronavirus pandemic get in their way. Overall turnout hit a stunning 77 percent of the electorate — its highest level in Florida in nearly two decades. Floridians of all political party affiliations voted by mail in record numbers, too, with 53 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Republicans choosing to cast their ballots this way.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida had set the “gold standard” for how to run an election by doing it so well in a difficult year.

Despite that, DeSantis and the GOP-controlled legislature insisted new security measures were needed, aligning themselves with former president Donald Trump’s false claims that fraud is a widespread threat to elections.

How will these measures actually affect voting in the Sunshine State? Read on to learn more.

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