The White House condemned Florida’s new voting legislation as a step in the “wrong direction” just after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law Thursday.
Florida is one of a number of GOP-leaning states, most notably Georgia, to enact voting changes in light of the 2020 election.
“The 2020 election was one of the most secure elections in American history. There’s no legitimate reason to change the rules right now to make it harder to vote. That’s built on a lie,” deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One.
“The only reason to change the rules right now is if you don’t like who voted, and that should be out of bounds,” she said.
“There’s some states with bad laws 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,” the press secretary continued.
She reiterated support for HR 1, the House-passed sweeping voting rights bill, saying it is needed to make sure elections are “secure and convenient.”
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