NEWS
10/07/2016 07:55 EDT | Updated 10/08/2017 01:12 EDT

The Latest: Scott brushes aside questions on voting deadline

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

11:50 a.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is brushing aside questions about whether his decision to keep Florida's voter registration deadline in place is due to his support of Donald Trump.

The GOP governor is a strong supporter of Trump and is chairman of an organization supporting the Republican presidential nominee.

Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign has asked Scott to extend the registration deadline. Florida's voter registration deadline is Tuesday.

Scott said Friday: "We're in the middle of a storm. My focus right now is keeping everybody safe."

On Thursday Scott said he would not extend the deadline because "everyone has had a lot of time to register."

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11:40 a.m.

A Border Patrol union spokesman is clarifying a union official's comments about immigration to Donald Trump.

Shawn Moran said some U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees have claimed they are being asked to ignore criminal histories for people applying for citizenship so they would be eligible to vote in the November election. There has been no evidence to support this.

Moran also said Border Patrol agents are seeing an uptick in the number of people trying to cross the border illegally.

Moran said union vice-president Art Del Cueto inadvertently combined the issues when he met Friday with Trump. He wrongly suggested that agents have been told to admit immigrants into the U.S. illegally so they can vote, but provided no evidence to back up that assertion.

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10:05 a.m.

Donald Trump says border patrol agents have been told to allow immigrants into the United States illegally "so they can vote in the election." Neither Trump nor a border patrol union official supporting him offered evidence Friday to back up the claim.

Newly admitted immigrants are not eligible to vote, a right reserved to citizens.

Trump spoke Friday as he received the endorsement of the 16,500-person National Border Patrol Council on Friday at Trump Tower.

Union official Art Del Cueto says agents have told him they had directives to ignore immigrants' criminal records, so they can quickly become citizens and gain the right to vote.

Trump called it a huge story. Trump has repeatedly said he fears the election will be rigged. He has made a hardline stance on immigration the centerpiece of his campaign.

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3:30 a.m.

Like other Americans, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are steering clear of battleground Florida, where Hurricane Matthew threatens to wreak havoc on the final stretch of presidential campaigning.

The campaigns have rushed to move staff and volunteers, close offices and cancel events in the path of the storm. And as many Floridians heed calls to evacuate, both candidates have begun the delicate and difficult task of pursuing votes during a crisis.

Clinton's campaign has asked the state for more time to register voters, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected that as unnecessary. Meanwhile, the Trump team has pulled its negative TV ads from Florida airwaves.

The hurricane was expected to hit Trump's prized Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.