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Gov. Rick Scott: Hurricane Matthew 'won't have an impact' on election

Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses reporters on the status of Hurricane Matthew and the state’s preparation efforts during a morning press conference Wedndesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Tallahassee.

Kristen M. Clark / Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau

Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses reporters on the status of Hurricane Matthew and the state’s preparation efforts during a morning press conference Wedndesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Tallahassee.

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While a major hurricane threatens Florida's east coast this week, many residents are already starting to vote in the November election.

County supervisors of election sent out 2.5 million mail-in ballots this week to Florida voters who requested them, but Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Wednesday that Hurricane Matthew "won't have an impact" on voting.

"The nice thing about our state is you have a lot of opportunities to vote," Scott said. "You can vote by mail, you can vote early and then you still have the opportunity to vote on Election Day. It's not like we have just one day in our state."

Scott made the remarks during a morning press conference in Tallahassee about the status of Hurricane Matthew and the state’s preparation efforts. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:32am]

    

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