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Rick Scott: Voting Problems Were 'Just Too Long' (VIDEO)

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More than a month after Election Day, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) admitted on Wednesday that his state's voting setup had its share of problems.

In an interview on CNN's "Starting Point With Soledad O'Brien," Scott admitted that "we've got to restore confidence in our elections," pointing to three issues: length of ballots, size of polling places and the number of days for early voting.

"We've got to deal with the length of our ballots and local issues, state issues, and it was just too long," Scott said.

The Sunshine State's GOP-controlled legislature decided to reduce the early-ballot period from 14 days to eight in time for the 2012 elections. Some Florida voters reportedly waited as long as eight hours to cast their ballots, sparking emergency lawsuits from Democrats seeking extended hours.

Scott did not change course, arguing that it was "very good" that people were coming out to vote. Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist -- who was a Republican while in office but is now a Democrat -- cast that stance as "indefensible."

Scott's remarks come alongside claims from Crist and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on Wednesday that the GOP disenfranchised African-American and Hispanic voters, the AP reports. The duo was part of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election."

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