A recount of thousands of early voter ballots is now officially underway in St. Lucie County, Florida despite Democrat Patrick Murphy’s attempts to stop the recount. Allen West requested, and received, assistance from the U.S. House Administrative Committee to oversee the recount process.
(Allen West won’t back down from this, or any fight. Win or lost – God bless him.)
St. Lucie County recount starts; Murphy camp says it filed injunction to halt it
FORT PIERCE — St. Lucie County election workers began recounting ballots Saturday morning at the county Supervisor of Elections office as they prepare to recount eight days of early voting ballots that could impact the tight District 18 congressional race between Patrick Murphy and Allen West.
Shortly before 10 a.m. Murphy lawyer Liz Howard publicly informed the county Canvassing Board the campaign filed for a preliminary injunction Saturday morning to prevent the recount from going forward.
However, Assistant County Attorney Heather Young said she had not yet received any court orders and the recounting of early voting ballots commenced.
Mowery said the presence of law officers was because there were open ballots in the room that needed protected.
In addition to observers from both Murphy and West campaigns, there also was a contingent from the U.S. House Administrative Committee. One of those observers, Mark Braden, said they had been called to Fort Pierce by the West campaign.
Braden said the District 18 contest was one of about a half-dozen races nationwide to which committee observers had been called. He was not able to immediately recall the others.
In a prepared statement issued this morning, West for Congress campaign manager Tim Edson said, “In a last-ditch effort to suppress the vote, Murphy’s lawyers submitted sloppy and incomplete papers to the Court this morning to try to strong-arm the judge into preventing today’s retabulation already underway.
…On Friday, St. Lucie County Judge Dan Vaughn denied West’s motion to order a recount of all 37,379 early ballots. Vaughn ruled he didn’t have authority to call for a recount, but said his decision didn’t “bind the canvassing board from doing what they think is appropriate in these circumstances.”
A subsequent seven-hour canvassing board meeting Friday, however, resulted in the board deciding to recount all of the ballots, despite questions about their legal authority to do so. LINK
While we must be cautious regarding the hopeful outcome of Congressman West’s challenge in his Florida district, if this case indicates abnormalities in the early voting election results for this particular race, it will certainly then place justifiable concern that other similar abnormalities took place throughout the country. While there have been several reports of surprisingly strong pro-Obama voter turnout in specific swing states, Congressman West’s challenge would be the first real verifiable example of possible election tampering in the presidential race. And if that is the case…oh my.
And once again, a much deserved thank you to White House Insider who was the first, I believe, to indicate the numbers in and around St. Lucie County were just not adding up right:
To give you a taste of what I’m doing now I’ll share this with you. I’m using a Florida outcome in a specific district to try and wrap my head around all of this. -White House Insider: November 7th. LINK
Now I have no idea if WHI has any hand in helping Congressman West in his fight – but I like to think so. I know they are distraught at the election outcome, and perhaps this fight is offering them some semblance of hope and solace for a battle that was, more than any of us can fully appreciate, well fought. Perhaps in the future, I can once again offer the readers the commentary of this interesting, perhaps even in their own way, brilliant political tactician.
I certainly hope so. -UM