Is DeSantis Legally on the Florida Presidential Primary Ballot?

Is DeSantis Legally on the Florida Presidential Primary Ballot?

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
November 6, 2023

Last weekend, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially penned his signature to be on the 2024 Republican Presidential Preference ballot shortly before he addressed attendees at the Republican Party of Florida “Freedom Summit” in Kissimmee.

Gov. DeSantis had his son Mason sign as a witness on the apparent legally binding document, but did his son’s signature invalidate it?

DeSantis’s little whippersnapper not only swings a mean bat and golf club, but he also carries a heavy pen.

Yes, Mason signing as a witness was cute and funny, but in all seriousness, was it wise to do?

This document was formally notarized, but according to the Florida Notary Association, it may not be valid.

This is what some Democrats and Trump supporters are speculating.

According to the Florida Notary Association’s website, here is the criteria to be a witness on a document:

A witness is someone who physically watches a person sign a legal document and then verifies its authenticity by signing their name. A notary can be a witness, but so can anyone else who meets the following requirements:

  • A legal adult (over the age of 18)
  • A neutral third party (someone who is not involved in the document/transaction)
  • Can confirm the identity of the signer
  • Has the mental capacity to make decisions without assistance
Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis

Obviously, little Mason is not 18 years of age, so one would say that the document is not legal, right?

Well, the truth is, the document is legal.

If you look underneath Mason’s signature, you will see another signature.

That signature belongs to Republican Party of Florida Chairman Christian Ziegler.

Ziegler told The Floridian that Gov. DeSantis held up the Mason-signed documents, but after the photo op, Ziegler signed the document and the notary notarized it.

It’s all good, just chalk this one up as DeSantis being on the campaign stump.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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