This week, Allen West’s campaign filed a complaint with a
Florida court requesting recount of all the ballots of St. Lucie County cast
during the entire early voting period.
A number of disturbing irregularities have been
reported in the race for the Congressional seat for Florida’s 18th
District. At 1:00 a.m. on election night, St. Lucie
County Supervisor of Elections conducted a partial recount of approximately
15,000 early ballots cast between November 1 and November 3. As a result, West, who was originally thought
to win by 2,000 votes, now was losing by 2,400 votes. These ballots were only a subset of the 37,379
ballots during all 8 days of early voting.
The county supervisor said she would do a full recount of early votes on
Sunday but then only did the last three days.
The candidates were not informed or notified of this change until 2 a.m.
on election night, after the counting was started.
Votes cast by precinct and by times counted do not match
up. Reported irregularities included:
Locked doors to polling places, preventing the public
from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results.
Double counting of ballots
Several hundred pages of uncounted ballots
West is not the only one expressing serious doubts over the
way ballots have been counted. The Florida
Secretary of State is sending auditors to the county and expressed concern over
799 votes that were unaccounted for when the county election supervisor retabulated
ballots. “We are concerned whenever there is a
question about the accuracy of results,” Chris Cate, a spokesman for the
Florida Secretary of State, said.
Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry said,
“The supervisor of elections owes it to the people that elected her to count
all of their votes that were cast early in the 2012 election cycle…She has
already admitted there was a problem with the counting process and announced
she would count all the votes. It makes no sense to arbitrarily cut off the
counting process before it was finished.”
RNC Chair Reince Priebus supports
West’s call for a full recount:
The voters of Florida's 18th
Congressional District deserve to have their ballots counted properly.
Congressman Allen West has asked election officials in St. Lucie County to
count all early voting ballots, and I strongly urge them to do so in order to
erase any existing concerns about irregularities in the tabulation process….This
is not about any one candidate...It is about preserving and
protecting the integrity of our democratic system. Regardless of the outcome,
voters have the right to know the process was fair and that the results
accurately reflect their will.
The Republican National Lawyers Association supports open, fair and honest elections. Secret miscounting of select ballots fails
this test on every level.
306 uncounted ballots were found in a box by a state elections auditor. Those uncounted ballots contained write-in choices that caused tabulating machines to reject them. David Drury, head of the Division of Elections Bureau of Voting Systems Certifications, was among those who recommended that the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board rerun ballots. The county canvassing board ordered a recount of all early votes. The recount started on the morning of Saturday, November 17 and the deadline to send results to the Florida Division of Elections is Sunday, November 18 at noon.