DeSantis Assures Trump Will Be Able To Vote In Florida Despite New York Conviction

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has taken to social media to assure Floridians that former President Donald Trump’s voting rights in the state remain unaffected by his recent conviction in New York. DeSantis clarified that Trump has not lost his right to vote in Florida, as rights are not removed in the state when they haven’t been stripped in the convicting jurisdiction.

DeSantis further noted that given the “absurd nature” of the New York prosecution of Trump, the Florida Clemency Board, which he chairs, would easily qualify this case for the restoration of rights if necessary.

“The bottom line is that Donald Trump’s vote this November will be one of millions that demonstrate Florida is now a solid Republican state!” DeSantis concluded.

Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11, just four days before the start of the Republican National Convention. While the conviction could potentially impact some of his rights, such as the right to carry a firearm and the right to vote, Governor DeSantis has made it clear that Trump will not face any obstacles in exercising his voting rights in Florida.

From a practical standpoint, Trump is virtually assured of a Florida win in November, even if he were somehow unable to vote for himself. He won the state by 1.2 points in 2016 and almost three-and-a-half points in 2020, with current polling showing him leading by as much as 11 points in 2024.