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Governor Scott Hints At Possible Changes in Voting System

By Javier Manjarres

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Yours truly sharing a Malta with Governor Rick Scott
(Shark Tank Media) Thanks to the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo for snapping the picture

Florida Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Goya Food’s Miami headquarters and distribution center for his fifteenth ‘Let’s Get to Work’ day.  During the visit, Scott received a grand tour of the facility, and Goya’s executives put the governor to work sorting and packing a variety of beans for packaging and stocking the shelves inside the company’s employee grocery store.

Scott told reporters that the very first business that he almost purchased was a grocery store very much like the small ‘Bodegas’ that can be found all over Miami. The Governor told me that he worked at a grocery store from the ages of 15-24, doing everything from bagging, stocking shelves, and working in the produce section.

Towards the end of the tour, the Governor, along with his staff and the press were invited to some home cooked Cuban cuisine in Goya’s executive kitchen, or as one employee called it, “the food testing kitchen.”

Scott indulged in a favorite non-alcoholic drink of many Latinos, the sugary beverage Malta. Goya bottles their own Malta, and the drink is made up caramelized malt, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hops, caramel color, salt, and did we mention more sugar?

 The Miami Herald’s Political Reporter Marc Caputo described the taste of Malta best- “it’s like drinking a Molasses soda.”

After everyone was done stuffing their face with Cuban fare, it was back to work.  Reporters asked Scott about the 2012 general election fiasco and the problems that some precincts had which had voters waiting hours to cast ballots.  In some counties, voting results were not announced until days later.

Scott said the something needed to be done to fix Florida’s electoral system and that “ballots are way too long, we need to deal with how long our ballots are.”  Scott also thinks that elections officials need to look into the current size of existing polling stations as well as “how many days” and “how many hours” are really required for to stage an election.

A reform of the election process could very well be at the top of Scott’s agenda come the 2013 Legislative session in Tallahassee, as he stated that there could be some changes made as early as this year-

 “We should do something this session, I’m optimistic that something will happen this session.”-Governor Rick Scott

 Related: Gov. Scott receives a Yamaka at Supermarket

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. Lowie January 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

    The “last minute” surge of voters was a demcratic ploy to overwhelm the system and to set Gov. Scott up for a dirty re-election campaign. The problems occurred in left leaning counties mostly in south Florida.
    Rules were broken to pacify the left. NO MORE!

    • Rich January 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      How come when you win it’s because you had a great candidate and when you lose it’s fraud from the other side?

      The GOP did everything it could to rig the election and still lost a lot. What does that tell you?

      Mr. Romney?? Never connected with the voters.

      Mr. West?? Voters got tired of having one of the wackiest members of the Congress representing them. Saying crazy things is not always the best way to get elected to a national office. Ask Mr. Akin in Missouri about that!!

      • Patriot January 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

        Rich, it tells me that the Dems were better at perpetrating the fraud, rigging the election including fraudulent, dead voters and computer-hacked ballots than anyone thought.

        As for Congressman West, shame on you. He’s a fine, CONSTITUTION-obeying person who speaks from a knowledge base. No, he lost because he was redistricted into a liberal Dem area and the Dems stopped at nothing including lies about West demeaning him and portraying him with a gold tooth as if he were a criminal. The RINOS wanted him out because he was shining a light on their excesses and they are complicit with the lib/progressive Dems. It’s kabuki theater at its best.

        • Rich January 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

          Believe it or not, in a state where the republicans control just about everything that goes on, it’s pretty hard to pull off voting fraud, whether you believe it or not.
          I know it’s hard to admit you had lousy candidates, but you did.
          The voters wanted representatives who will go to Washington and do the people’s business, not make ridiculous comments about the “communists” in the Congress and other such foolish comments.
          Government is about reaching consensus, it’s not “my way or the highway” no matter how badly the teabaggers want it that way.

          • Lowie January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

            Fact: President Harry Truman signed an Executive Order for Congress to root out any Communist members. It is still in effecct and Congressman West has indentified 80 are still serving. Could not find where this EO was recinded by any of our presidents. Maybe that is why the Democrats in south Florida worked so hard to defeat him. You cannot persuade me they did not cheat.

      • Lowie January 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

        My concern over this election was not about who the candidates were, but what each candidate’s plan was for our country. Democrats historically is the party of raising revenue/taxes and gaming the system through targeted programs that help them gain popularity that buy votes. We have reached the point where there is a huge imbalance and Romney stated his plan in balancing the budget. Republicans, on the other hand, are the promoters of growth through programs that enhance each individual’s abilty to contribute to society through hard work and service of country. The people in control in Washington, are the “free love, anti-war, pot smoking, haters of the flag and our armed servicemen, and hate capitalism, corporations and our Constitution. Let’s see what they do to this country now. So don’t blame me, I did not vote for Obama.

  2. Name rwcx January 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Just get the fraud out of the voting process.

    • Rich January 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      What fraud are you talking about?

      The GOP fraud? GOP trying to rig the elections nationwide? Trying to restrict voter turnout?

      Your side lost, get over it.

      • Patriot January 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Rich, the fraud in the districts where 140% of registered voters voted for OWEbama; not one voter in some precincts voted for anyone other than OWEbama; even the supervisor of elections in Martin County despite being a Dem admitted there were erroneous voters there Yeah, OWEbama won, but not legally and definitely NOT by a mandate considering the nationwide fraud perpetrated by the Dems. So pick up your marbles and enjoy the win – remember, the economy and the nation is now OWEbama’a and he cannot blame Bush anymore. He OWNS the mess he helped create as a congressman under Bush. He and the Dems had been in charge of Congress for the last two years of Bush’s term as well as the first two years of his, thus they were in charge of the BUDGET and OVERSPENDING!

        • Rich January 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

          So easy to forget who started all the recent deficit spending and reduced government revenue at the same time.
          Does the name Bush sound familiar?
          What makes you believe that 8 years of screwing up can be repaired overnight, especially with the opposition party doing everything in its’ power to block progressive legislation.
          I know you won’t believe this, but the Bush Regime should have raised taxes instead of cutting them. They knew, however, that if they had to ask Americans to sacrifice to pay for the neo-con wars, support would disappear overnight.

          • Lowie January 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

            Obama intervening in Mali! He can’t be thinking about a war can he? Under President’s Kennedy and Johnson, we got sucked into helping the French in Vietnam. Democrats is in the majority and helping the French in Mali to rid that country of terrorits. I predict a new tax that will fund the next conflict.

            Electons are rigged alright. Convicted felons, the unemployed who receive welfare and medicaid, illegal immigrants, unions, dead people all vote Democrat.

          • Rich January 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm

            Can you PROVE your statement?

            If you have REAL EVIDENCE, why don’t you take it to the State’s Attorney and have the perpetrators of the voting fraud indicted? Please do so justice may be served. Let us know how you do.

      • Faithandhonor January 15, 2013 at 12:35 am

        Wow, what an intellect you have! Why don’t yo go down to the ObamaStore and buy an extra digit for your IQ, dumb__ss. Oh, sorry, no triple-digit IQs allowed at the Obamastore.

  3. Sherry January 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Why doesn’t Florida be the first to do a finger print to vote. It would not be that difficult to do and we would have anymore 159% of voters. Our state does better than most but we need to do better. You can’t us a dead persons name to vote two or three times. Your finger print one vote!

  4. JOHN January 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm


  5. DIana January 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Eliminating fraud should be our nation’s top priority. I agree with the fingerprint idea. I just accessed my computer with the roll of my finger. The technology is there, we just need to implement it. Nothing is more important than securing our elections.

  6. vailjack January 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm


  7. way2confused January 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Rich is a paid leftist troll, pay him no mind.

    • Rich January 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      No one pays me to point out right wing folly!!

      Your side lost, deal with it.

      Where were you in 2000? Where were the cries against “voter fraud” then? I believe that it was shown this election cycle that republicans committed more documented fraud than anyone else.

      • Lowie January 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

        Let’s all agree there is fraud in our voting system and I
        praise Gov. Scott to deal with the problem that has haunted our state for many years. Fraud is getting worse due what we see happening to our country financially. Remember this fact, Democrats are known for raising taxes and Republicans for cutting taxes that spurs economic growth. Democrats get us into more wars that Republicans and the spiral of debt continues to mount because of the power struggle in Washington. Let’s all agree that we need term limits for Congress and a balanced budget amendment to stop the robbery of future generations. The party that does this is the winner!

        • Rich January 15, 2013 at 6:42 am

          Yes, I really admire the way Pres. Bush handled things when he took office with a surplus in the Treasury and promptly turned it into massive deficits.

          Yes, the republicans are indeed masters of fiscal responsibility.

          Actually, it’s a lie that you folks here have accepted without question for some ridiculous reason.

          Maybe you don’t realize it, but this is a conservative plot to dismantle major parts of the Federal Government that YOU might need someday all so they can make the wealthiest among us wealthier.

          • Lowie January 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

            Did you forget that when George Bush was our President the House and the Senate were controlled by Democrats. They spent all the surplus.

  8. Independent Voter January 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Gov. Scott is AWESOME! I’m so glad that you told us about Rick Scott early in the Republican primary when he was running! Thank’s Javier…

  9. John G Henke January 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Here’s a change to election law that I’d like to see. Make potential voters prove that they are literate and capable of engaging in abstract thought.

    I’d have a test where a paragraph would describe something. Some simple subject, nothing complicated. Then the test would be to rewrite the statement using different words, to tell the same story in a different way. This would demonstrate the individual could read, write and construct a thought and relay that thought to others.

    We don’t allow children to vote because they lack the judgment or reasoning ability to make an intelligent choice. Many adults are no better off and if demonstrated so they should not be allowed to vote. This would make it awful hard for a politician to offer them “free” stuff” because people who are reasonably intelligent will always ask, “who’s going to pay for this free stuff?”

    When Obama was campaigning for “change” and “hope”, they were the ones asking “changing to what? Hoping for what? Half of the people in America are too stupid to ask a question like that and if they can’t, they don’t need to be involved in the political process.