State of Democracy Spotlight Series: Florida

How Florida Compares to Other States on Voting and Election Policies

Florida ranks 31st in the nation in our Democracy Tally for its voting, election, and democracy policies. The Democracy Maps track 45 laws and policies for each state, which inform this tally.

One of Four States with Significant Issues Related to Election Disinformation

In hearings held by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, Florida was one of four states identified as having significant issues related to election disinformation as the House committees investigate what can be done to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.”

False Narratives of Voter Fraud Led to Politically Motivated Prosecutions in Florida

The heightened climate around supposed voter fraud has resulted in politically motivated prosecutions of voters. In 2018, Florida voters passed Amendment 4, an initiative that was intended to restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions.

Voting, Especially Mail Voting, in Florida Has Become More Difficult Since 2020

Under the guise of addressing voter fraud, Florida has passed multiple laws restricting mail voting. Among these restrictions are severe limits on ballot drop boxes, harsh criminal penalties for assisting with ballot return, and strict requirements for identification related to mail voting.

Bottom Line: Florida in the 2022 Midterm Elections

As has been the case for the past two decades, Florida will continue to be under the spotlight in terms of elections. The governor and legislature have continued to push false narratives of election fraud and use these false narratives as a justification to enact new restrictions on voting. This is despite the fact that Florida already has strong election security laws. The new laws enacted in Florida since the 2020 election do nothing to actually improve election security, but rather suppress votes and weaken the independence and integrity of the state’s democracy.

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Democracy Maps

Democracy Maps

Democracy Maps tracks more than 40 laws and policies on elections and voting. Project of Movement Advancement Project, an independent, nonprofit think tank.