Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new election security bill into law on Thursday morning, following concerns from many voters that the 2020 General Election was too ripe with fraud.
The governor signed the bill while live on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
“Right now, I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country. I’m actually going to sign in right here, it’s going to take effect,” the governor said, as he put pen to paper and signed the bill into law.
After holding up the newly signed bill, Gov. DeSantis then propped up a graphic with several bullet points showing what the bill does:
- Enforces Voter ID laws
- Bans Ballot Harvesting
- Prohibits Mass Mailing of Ballots
- Increases Election Transparency
- Prohibits Private Money from Running Elections
“So, this keeps us ahead of the curve. We’ve put a lot of effort into last election and we wanted to make sure we did it well. We had 11 million votes counted by midnight, 99%. We think this will make it even better,” the governor added.
“We’re not resting on our laurels. And me signing this bill here says, ‘Florida, your vote counts, your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency and this is a great place for a democracy.’”
CNN’s headline about the bill read, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs restrictive voting bill.” The network ran the article under a section titled, “Voting Rights Under Attack.”
A recent poll conducted in February 2021 found that two-thirds of Republican voters believe the results of the 2020 General Election were “invalid.”
I once heard a political commentator say, “Elections are how we do civil war in America.” In large part, I believe that to be true. Showing up at the ballot box to help decide the course for the nation allows Americans, who often viscerally disagree with one another, to be heard.
That’s why it’s dangerous when Americans lose confidence in their most important outlet with which to express their frustrations.
Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (ESV).
And that’s why Christians who live in a constitutional republic not only have a responsibility to vote to steer the nation towards virtue, but to live a life of virtue themselves.
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