TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The only thing that could have stopped Gov. Ron DeSantis from running for president was himself.
A sweeping election reform bill that includes a so-called “Resign to Run” provision finally received the governor’s signature on Wednesday. The provision allowed DeSantis to file his run for president with FEC while still carrying out his duties as Florida’s governor.
“Any person seeking the office of President or Vice President of the United States is not subject to the requirements of Chapter 99,” the bill states.
The larger legislative package includes several changes to state election practices. It now lets political organizations report financial information less often and increase the rate at which local election officials have to remove dead and eligible voters from voter rolls.
Its passage is expected to coincide with DeSantis’ announcement that he would run for president. Sources confirmed with News Channel 8 the governor would make his announcement during a Twitter Spaces discussion with CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday.
Musk and DeSantis are expected to host the event on Twitter’s audio-only platform at 6 p.m. ET. It will be moderated by tech entrepreneur and DeSantis supporter, David Sacks.
The law takes effect immediately upon signature.