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Rick Scott says state is working hard to ‘make sure we have a fair election’

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Donald Trump might think the election is rigged against him, but one of his top supporters appeared to dismiss that claim this week.

Gov. Rick Scott shot down questions about widespread voter fraud Thursday, telling reporters in Bonita Springs his expectation is that everyone will “do the right thing” come Election Day.

“My goal is 100 percent participation and zero percent fraud,” said Scott. “There’s always bad apples out there, there’s always people trying to do the wrong thing, but we’re going to work hard every day to make sure we have a fair election.”

Scott’s comments came one day after Trump refused to say he would accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The New York Republican spent the days leading up to the third and final debate warning voters the election would be rigged, a claim elections officials across the nation have denied.

According to a Washington Post fact check, more than one billion ballots were cast from 2000 through 2014. The newspaper reported there were “31 incidents of specific, credible allegations of voter impersonation at the polls.”

“We have a great secretary of state that’s working hard, like I am, to make sure we have fair elections. We have 67 elected or appointed supervisors of election, and I expect all of them are focused on getting good, fair elections,” said Scott. “My expectation is everyone does the right thing. I think we have a process that works in our state.”

Noting there were still several weeks until Election Day, Scott said Trump has said “he was clearly going to accept the results.” According to the New York Times, Trump said Thursday he would “totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win.”

Scott, the chairman of a pro-Trump super PAC, said he expects “all candidates of an election to accept the results.”

__The Associated Press contributed to this report, reprinted with permission.

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