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.

What to know

  • What problems does the new Florida law address?
  • What does the new law mean for voting by mail?
  • How else could the law disproportionately affect communities of color?
  • Does the law expand access in any way?
  • What other states are trying to toughen their voting laws, and why are they all doing it now?