VIDEO: Scott Defends Effort to Purge Voters

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

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.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    But you must show a photo ID to get Michelle Obama to sign your copy of her stupid grifting book. . . . Mrs. Obama will visit the downtown Barnes & Noble store located at 555 12 St. NW, at E St. On Friday, June 8th, those wishing to attend the event must purchase a copy of the First Lady’s book at the location (for $19.20) and leave it at the store, according to the employee. At the same time, customers must also submit their social security number and show an official photo ID (driver’s license, passport) to a Secret Service agent, and they will be issued a wristband to attend the First Lady’s event on June 12. .
  • by Bud on Jun 6, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    Gov. Scott please don't purge the voters list. Dems need the votes of all the dead and illegals.
  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    This has more to do with what's right than what 'might' be legal. You only need to go to the Ten Commandments. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor comes to mind, but most of all, Thou Shalt Not Steal.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:22 AM in reply to 62nitro
      You're a simpleton.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    Obama made a campaign promise to be moderate and unite all Americans and be bi-partisan......looking at these posts he failed and then I saw the latest poll which proves we are more divided now than at any time including the civil war....way to go B.O.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    The same simpleton posted at 2:47PM and 2:53 PM as Anonymous, and at 2:51PM as Reagan Republican.
  • by Willard on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    You know, Mitt's really probably a billionaire. If Scott can steal Florida for him, well, all's well that ends well.
  • by JUDD on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    Do you really expect the unconvicted felon to follow the law? He still owes his law-firm buddies more money so he pays them off with tax dollars defending his mistakes.... they don't care if they lose in court; they still get paid with our tax dollars.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to JUDD
      You referring to Scott or Obama....that statement fits both!!!!
  • by GimmeABreak on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    Democrats don't lose elections, they merely fail on occasion to be declared the winner, then it's off to the courts we go. Verified eligibility and showing an I.D. threaten the cheat. 'Disenfranchisement' is joining 'racist' as the cry wolf of the 21st century.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to GimmeABreak
      Your post is silly. The cry wolf is "voter fraud." Where is the voter fraud? Who has seen voter fraud? Where can the elusive voter fraud be found? There are unsubstantiated rumors of voter fraud. Why doesn't the state provide an identification card, gratis, for those in need and make the process easy? The answer is because the purpose is to disenfranchise. Why do registered Dems outnumber registered Republicans in FL? Is that attributable to fraud?
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        by dog on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM in reply to
        Have you looked at MADISON CO. ?
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          by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:33 PM in reply to dog
          Do you understand the difference between an arrest and a conviction?
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM in reply to
        MADISON COUNTY NINE.........
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          by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:56 PM in reply to
          How about you? Do you understand the difference between an arrest and a conviction. The difference is not hard to understand. Do your best.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:38 PM in reply to
          There should be a question mark after my second sentence at 5:56 PM.
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        by 62nitro on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:42 PM in reply to
        I have seen voter fraud by the democrats. Google Norm Coleman vs Al Franken fraud. Minn. 2008. You'll see why we now have a democrat controlled US Senate because of just over 300 convicted felons voting when they shouldn't. Open your eyes moron!!!!!!
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          by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:40 PM in reply to 62nitro
          Actually, you're a moron. The election was November 4, 2008. Franken wasn't seated in the US Senate until July of 2009, 6 months later than others elected on November 4. The state of Minnesota had close to 8 months to examine and reexamine every ballot cast and every voter, and declared Franken the winner. How stupid can you be? Have you ever been abducted by space aliens?
  • by Jamie Duncan Location: tally on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:17 AM
    This piece of excrement means that he wants to eliminate as many poor people from voting as he can. He knows that he won't get votes from the poor and 99% of the people that have had their right to vote taken away, are poor people. That probably eliminates close to one million potential votes against him. Thanks Florida, for electing Scott and his henchwoman Pam Bondi, another piece of pond scum.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:11 AM
    This is a baldfaced lie. The purpose is to violate the civil rights of, and disenfranchise, marginalized US citizens. Rick Scott should know how many people in Florida have been convicted of either registration fraud or voting fraud. Why doesn't somebody ask him? This is an imaginary problem like the epidemic of abductions of Floridians by space aliens. In truth, the numbers of registration frauds, voting frauds, and alien abductions are remarkably similar.
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