Rep. Allen West demands recount in St. Lucie County
Representative Allen West (R-Fl), who was declared the loser
in his reelection bid by about 2,500 votes, is demanding a full recount
in St. Lucie County, one of three counties his district includes. He has filed a lawsuit, and it sounds like he has a good case.
Allen West believes the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections is trying to throw the election (via Allen West’s campaign
Our race is far
from decided and there is no rush to declare an outcome. Ensuring a fair
and accurate counting off all ballots is of the utmost importance.
There are still tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in
Palm Beach County and potential provisional ballots across the district.
last night Congressman West maintained a district wide lead of nearly
2000 votes until the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections
“recounted” thousands of early ballots. Following that “recount”
Congressman West trailed by 2,400 votes. In addition, there
were numerous other disturbing irregularities reported at polls across
St. Lucie County including the doors to polling places being locked when
the polls closed in direct violation of Florida law, thereby preventing
the public from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results.
The St. Lucie
County Supervisor of Elections office clearly ignored proper rules and
procedures, and the scene at the Supervisor’s office last night could
only be described as complete chaos. Given the hostility and
demonstrated incompetence of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of
Elections, we believe it is critical that a full hand recount of the
ballots take place in St. Lucie County. We will continue to fight to
ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly we
will pursue all legal means necessary.
I would love to see Allen West back in Congress.
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