Florida

The Sunshine State

Motto:
In God We Trust


Constitution

Florida has long been considered a purple state but many consider it now to have settled as a red state, having voted definitively Republican since 2016. With two Republican senators and a Republican governor, the state has strong conservative leadership, changing the traditional battleground status of the state. A total of 14,441,869 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 77%. Donald J. Trump won Florida’s 29 electoral votes with 51.2% of the popular vote. Florida has not voted consistently with one party like many other states, but many predict it will continue its recent trend of electing Republican candidates.

Florida has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 120 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1997. Governor Ron DeSantis (R), whom Donald Trump endorsed as president in 2018, is eligible for re-election in the 2022 election cycle.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo Excuse RequiredNo Changes No Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoSome counties mailed unsolicited absentee ballots - Not StatewideSB 90 -

Passed

See Line 107 of Bill
Disallows mailing of unsolicited absentee ballots
Deadline6 Days Prior to ElectionNo Changes No Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesCurrent Cycle OnlyNo Changes No Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Florida averages a 66% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

Cases