By the AP’s Gary Fineout, 08/10/2016:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday refused to say if he disagrees with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that the election could be rigged.
Instead, Scott suggested Wednesday that people could “try to play games” in the upcoming election in Florida, which decided the chaotic presidential election 16 years ago and could once again play a pivotal role in the outcome because of its 29 electoral votes.
“Actually, my goal, and I’ve answered this before, is 100 hundred percent participation and zero percent fraud,” Scott said. “We know there’s people that, you know, want to play games. But my job is to help Donald Trump have a big enough win that there’s no question.”
Scott appoints the state’s chief election official. During his first term, he led a push to try to identify people on voter rolls who were not U.S. citizens, but that was ultimately scrapped amid lawsuits and pushback from election officials that the state list was faulty.
When asked if he had confidence in the elections system, Scott replied: “I know the supervisors and the secretary of state, they want to do a good job. Look, there’s always people out there trying to play games.”
When asked what he meant about “games,” Scott cited cases that he’s reviewed on the state’s clemency board in which people were able to vote despite being convicted felons. Florida is one of the few states that require former inmates to ask to have their voting rights restored.
Trump last week said in an appearance that the election may be “rigged,” and some of his supporters have echoed that sentiment. Right before Florida’s GOP presidential primary, Trump contended that there was “dishonest early voting” going on in the state. He said on Twitter that he had heard some Republicans may be trying to “rig the vote” for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. His campaign never provided any examples.