June 5, 2012 -
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday defended the state's effort to remove potentially ineligible voters from the rolls. "When you go out to vote you want to make sure that the other individuals that are voting have a right to vote. That’s what I care about," Scott said during a stop for a business roundtable Monday morning in Quincy. "If you’re a candidate, you want to make sure that the people who vote in your election are the people that have a right to vote. So my focus is in making sure that our state has fair elections, people that have a right to vote, vote, because I don’t want to disenfranchise anybody in their voting rights." Scott said the timing – just months before the election – was due to the state trying to get information from the federal Homeland Security agency that would make the list of potentially ineligible voters more complete. So far, the state has been unable to get access to that database. "There’s no perfect time to do any of these things," Scott said.
Gov. Rick Scott travels to six counties in north Florida to listen to the concerns of elected leaders and businesses in rural areas. In this avail with reporters afterward, Scott said he is committed to working with counties on a dispute over Medicaid billing and most importantly, wants to increase job opportunities for people in rural areas, as well as the rest of the state. Scott also talks about the state's battle with the federal government over Florida's effort to remove ineligible voters from state voter rolls. The U.S. Department has ordered the state to stop the effort. Florida will offer its response to the Justice Department this week.