Rick Scott Disavows Role In Controversial Early Voting Law: ‘It Was Not My Bill’

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January 16, 2013 10:16 a.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday sought to assuage concerns voiced by black lawmakers regarding an election law that reduced the number of days for early voting by insisting that he had nothing to do with the legislation, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

In 2011, Scott signed a bill into law that cut the number of early voting days from 14 to 8, resulting in long lines and mayhem at many Florida voting locations in the days leading up to Election Day in 2012. But on Tuesday, Scott concurred that changes to the state’s election laws are in order and offered a message to concerned black elected officials: it wasn’t my fault.

“It was not my bill,” Scott said. “We’ve got to make changes, I agree. … The Legislature passed it. I didn’t have anything to do with passing it.”

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