Rick Scott sides with candidates complaining about voting irregularities
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

'They have got to be able to tell people that somebody ought to look at that.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to maintain that he expects elections to be fair, but candidates should have the right to redress if they feel they aren’t.

“If a candidate believes that something is wrong, they have got to be able to tell people that somebody ought to look at that. I think it’s very important. We’re going to make sure that happens,” Scott, the Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said on the Fox News Channel Monday.

“The Republican National Committee’s going to make that happen. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s going to make sure that happens,” he added.

Host Harris Faulkner noted regarding so-called “election deniers” that in 48 states, Republicans who doubt the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential Election are on the ballot this year.

Scott, who challenged the results from Pennsylvania in the Senate because the state accepted late mail ballots without a postmark, and who alleged Democratic voter fraud in his own election in 2018, did not dispute that point.

This continues a sort of provisional trust of the process Scott outlined Sunday on Meet the Press.

“Absolutely. But what we’re also going to do is do everything we can to make sure they’re free and fair, and if there’s any shenanigans, we are ready to make sure,” Scott told host Chuck Todd. “We support our candidates to make sure that these elections are fair and every ballot is counted the right way.”

“We’re going to try our best. The Democrats don’t want to have voter ID, you have it for everything else,” Scott added. “We shouldn’t have ballot harvesting, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this election is free and fair, and we’ve got to keep improving our election laws every year that we can.”

Scott’s comments accord with those made by Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel made Sunday.

“Listen, you should have a recount. You should have a canvass, and it’ll go to the courts and then everybody should accept the results,” McDaniel told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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