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Gov. Rick Scott defends state's handling of the election

Published Nov. 10, 2012

As his top elections official conceded that the state bears responsibility for long lines and late vote counts that have made Florida a target of national ridicule, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday defended the state's handling of the election.

"We could have done better. We will do better," Secretary of State Ken Detzner said on CNN during pointed questioning from anchor Ashleigh Banfield.

But in an exclusive interview with the Times/Herald, Scott made no apologies for the problems that led to an incomplete final vote count Friday, three days after the election.

"What I'm trying to do is improve the way government works," Scott said. "I believe in efficiency. I believe every vote has to count. I want to have a good process that people feel good about."

The governor said he would solicit suggestions from legislators and county election supervisors on how to improve Florida's elections machinery. But he said the long ballot with 11 statewide amendments and a surge of early and absentee voters were part of the reason for long lines.

"All these ballot initiatives have an effect on how long it takes somebody to vote," Scott said.

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