Election Coverage / Politics

Florida is Winning 2021

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FloridaAmerica usually laughs at Florida. To the rest of the country, Florida means hanging chads, snowbirds in flip-flops, and wacky stories of men throwing alligators into fast food drive-thru windows.

But who’s laughing now?

Forget the skeptics. Florida has shown the country how to properly manage the COVID-19 pandemic, how to build a pro-jobs economy around a pro-family culture, and how to approach elections with common sense in a time of madness.  

Unlike California, Florida doesn’t just rely on its good weather. And it just doesn’t stop beating expectations.

More and more every year, Florida means freedom. And this year has been no different. As other states endure year-round rhetorical civil wars in which reason never seems to win, Florida’s short legislative session was long on accomplishments.

Perhaps most important—because fair elections are the key to everything else—Florida passed dozens of election reforms in two separate packages. Together, the reforms make Florida the clear national leader in free and fair elections.

The legislation bans private funding for election administration, a.k.a. Zuckerbucks, to safeguard impartial public officials. It mandates thorough cross-checking of voter registrations to ensure accurate rolls. And it blocks ballot harvesting and secures drop-boxes to prevent fraud.

But that’s not all.

The legislation also protects the rights of poll watchers and observers of ballot counting to encourage transparency. It caps financial contributions to ballot initiatives to stop out-of-state interests from swamping the state in radical leftist policies like Medicaid expansion. And it requires post-election audits to guarantee even more improvement in the future.

Unlike other states responding to a crisis of confidence, Florida is simply building on previous success. The state already had strong signature verification measures, public voter rolls, and transparent and sensible deadlines for registering to vote, returning absentee ballots, and curing ballots.

Florida passed many of these significant reforms in the wake of its embarrassing presidential election debacle in 2000. Since then, the state has quietly administered effective elections for two decades.

The work paid off. The public knew Florida’s results in the 2020 election early in the evening. And we’ve never had reason to doubt those results.  

But Florida isn’t just running better elections. After those elections are over, the leaders who are winning them have arguably run a better state than anyone else.

Florida has spent 2021 increasing its already sharp pro-business edge. Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed legislation to speed up the local permitting process by reducing fees if permits aren’t granted within certain timeframes.

Taking the burden off the job-creators and putting it on the bureaucrats standing in the way—what a concept.

The legislature also passed bills to allow more home-based businesses and reduce the layers of bureaucracy a licensed professional needs to navigate.

Like the character in a Zac Brown Band song, for Florida entrepreneurs, the “only worry in the world—is the tide gonna reach my chair?”

And continuing its long tradition of competitive education policies, Florida doubled down on education reform again. After decades of leading the country in public school choice, DeSantis recently signed legislation to break up the black box of higher education.

Among other things, Florida will now empower students with more information about tuition for various college programs, average debt loads for different areas of study, average salary levels for occupations, and the most in-demand jobs across the state.

DeSantis, who’s gearing up for re-election in 2022 and a possible presidential bid two years after that, must be smiling.

That’s all that taxpayers, students, and anyone interested in a working democracy can do too.

And for those of us lucky enough to live in the free state of Florida, maybe its inaccurate reputation for craziness is a good thing.

If more Americans heard about Florida’s real oddity—consistent competence—the U-haul rates would go through the roof.

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Kathryn Kinsey
4 months ago

Love my Sunshine state!

Tom
4 months ago

I’m prod to have lived in three states: Florida (26 years), Texas (3 years), and Georgia (37 years). I am glad we were taught Civics in 9th grade.

Dan W.
4 months ago

The anecdote of the day usually begins: “A Florida man…”

Peter M Casamento
4 months ago

Time to figure a way to maintain

Arnie
4 months ago

Florida, here I come!

Teri
4 months ago

VT used to be awesome, then the Sanders types moved in and destroyed it. I fear the same thing happening here in FL.

Tom
4 months ago
Reply to  Teri

My hope is whether your from VT, NY, NJ, Mass, etc. I just hope people remember the most important reason for moving here besides weather, should be FREEDOM! I would hope people who move here give up voting stupid like they did up north.

Larry
4 months ago

Stalin said it is not who votes that matters, it is who counts the votes. That is why communist elections had winners near 95%.

Larry
4 months ago

I live in Texas and we have been very well governed during this pandemic. However, Florida is out doing us right now. We need to catch up. Look for some serious election rules in Texas soon. I just hope the Feds do not take control of elections. Then they would all be totally corrupt.

Glee
4 months ago
Reply to  Larry

The only way the feds can take all this control is by the state leaders rolling over and playing dead. The Constitution already limits the federal government. State leaders need to “just say NO.” The feds take money from states, then threaten them with withholding funds if they don’t bark and beg. All income taxes should be paid to the states, NOT the federal government; and the feds should have to submit a budget to the states for approval and funding. This mess is backwards.

Donald
4 months ago

I’ve lived in Florida since 1974 and Ron is, by far the best Governor we’ve ever had.

Ruth A Lance
4 months ago
Reply to  Donald

Agree!

Becky
4 months ago

This country needs either DeSantis to move around to all 50 states and clean them up, or more people just like him. DeSantis is a true ‘politician’ of the type our Forefathers preferred, and envisioned, leading America.

Last edited 4 months ago by Becky
HocasPocas
4 months ago
Reply to  Becky

Correction, DeSantis isn’t a politician, he is a public official who was voted into office by his constituents

Ruth A Lance
4 months ago

I live in Florida and greatly respect Governor DeSantis. I am very happy with his accomplishments raising Florida’s reputation with regard to voting.

Sheryl Rayome
4 months ago

Way to go Florida

Chuck
4 months ago

There are many examples such as Florida, that have elected officials that work for the people and our country. Minnesota isnt one of them! This clown of a gov is the polar opposite of Gov Desantis (pun intended). I hope more states follow Florida’s lead!

Bill
4 months ago
Reply to  Chuck

One can only Hope

HocasPocas
4 months ago
Reply to  Chuck

We need to ensure honest election integrity in Pennsylvania. I just cannot believe that a governor who does nothing to benefit his constituents can just keep getting voted in honestly

Jim Fitzgarrald
4 months ago

Way to go Florida

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