DeSantis prelude? Florida poised to reconsider election laws that would make governor resign

By Ben Whedon

The election law changes will receive a committee hearing on April 4.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis cannot officially run for president while remaining in his post under state law, but state officials may be working to change that.

A proposed bill listing on the Senate website indicates that “The legislature intends to revise laws relating to elections.” While the listing specifies no policies, WESH noted that the legislature previously permitted GOP Govs. Scott and Crist to seek federal office while remaining governor and suggested that an accommodation for DeSantis is likely.

The listing appeared at 6:08 p.m. on Thursday, as reports emerged that a grand jury had voted to indict former President Donald Trump.

The election law changes will receive a committee hearing on April 4.

“Any officer who qualifies for federal public office must resign from the office he or she presently holds if the terms, or any part thereof, run concurrently with each other,” reads existing Florida law.

Re-elected in 2022, DeSantis’s term as government will not expire until early 2027, meaning that a successful presidential run would see his new official term overlap by roughly two years. Under present law, he would therefore be required to resign as governor.

While DeSantis remains Trump’s most formidable challenger in terms of polling, recent surveys have shown the Florida governor falling behind Trump by considerable margins.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.