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WH on Florida's New Voting Law: The State 'Is Moving in the Wrong Direction'

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The White House believes Florida is “moving in the wrong direction” after the state’s governor signed into law a new controversial voting bill.

When asked what the White House thinks about Florida’s new voting law, Deputy White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “The 2020 election was one of the most secure elections in American history.”

She continued, “There’s no legitimate reason to change the rules right now to make it harder to vote. That’s built on a lie. The only reason to change the rules right now is if you don’t like who voted, and that should be out of bounds.”

Jean-Pierre argued there are some states “with bad laws that are trying to make them good and some states with good laws trying to make them even better.”

“That’s moving forward. Florida is moving in the wrong direction. We need to be working to make sure voting is secure and convenient and that’s part of why we need laws like H.R. 1,” she said.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the law exclusively on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, as IJR reported.

“Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country. I’m actually going to sign it right here. It’s going to take effect,” DeSantis said.

The provisions in the bill include enforcing voter ID, banning ballot harvesting, prohibiting mass mailing of ballots, increasing election transparency, and prohibiting private money from running elections.

“Me signing this bill says: Florida, your vote counts, your vote is going to be cast with integrity and transparency and this is a great place for democracy,” the governor added.

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