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    Attorneys for Allen West say they have proof of voting discrepancies

    Attorneys for Allen West say they have proof of voting discrepancies
    By: Alex Sanz
    16 Nov, 2012
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    ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Attorneys for Allen West said late Thursday they had discovered possible discrepancies after a review of early and absentee ballot information.

    Nearly 1,000 votes may be in question, according to Tim Edson, Allen West for Congress campaign manager.

    In a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner, attorneys said 110 early votes were cast in a precinct that didn't have enough early voters to support the number of votes cast.

    Four hundred eighty-eight people cast early votes in precinct 28, they said, but election returns showed 499 early votes were counted.

    Attorneys also raised concerns about 121 voters they said had returned absentee ballots but did not appear to have been assigned precinct.

    West has refused to concede the race for the 18th Congressional district despite trailing Patrick Murphy, his Democratic challenger, by approximately 1,900 votes -- more than the .5% margin that would trigger an automatic recount.

    Earlier, volunteer attorneys for West petitioned Detzner to conduct a preliminary investigation into the election and for a machine recount in three counties.

    In a letter to Detzner, attorneys Mark Young and Jeffrey Scott Shapiro said 809 votes disappeared when the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections retabulated the final three days of early votes on Sunday.

    Young and Shapiro said the missing votes, which accounted for 3.2% of the retabulated votes, amounted to an irregularity.

    After the retabulation, West received a net increase of 535 votes over Murphy.

    “On faith and belief, if this trend continues, for the remaining votes, the final outcome of the Congressional election could change,” Yound and Shapiro said.

    More than 330,000 votes were cast in the race.

    West said he was 249 votes away from an automatic recount.

    On Friday, a St. Lucie County judge will hear a request from West’s attorneys to recount all of the early votes cast in St. Lucie County.

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    SLC canvassing board decides to count all of the remaining days of early voting in West v Murphy election.
    In essence, it's a win for Allen West.
    We will have the details tonight at 11!

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    SLC Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker is in the hospital. Her lawyers tell CBS12 doctors are running tests to determine what is wrong. Meanwhile the decision by state officials to recount the vote in the Allen West v Patrick Murphy race is going on. We will have all the details on these latest developments tonight at 11.
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    Florida County To Recount West-Murphy Early Votes

    Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 10:09 AM

    By Newsmax Wires

    A Florida canvassing board decided to begin counting this morning all 37,379 ballots from early voting in the race between Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

    St. Lucie County's decision, split 2-1, is at least a temporary victory for West, who trails Murphy by less than 2,000 votes in the race for Florida's 18th District seat covering St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.

    "We are pleased the Canvassing Board has done the right thing for the voters of St Lucie County by agreeing to a retabulation of early votes," said West in a press release. "All we have been fighting for since the very beginning is to ensure the citizens of this county have their votes accurately and fairly counted."

    By early Saturday morning, Murphy's legal team sought an injuction in circuit court to stop the recount.

    Shortly before 10 a.m. Murphy lawyer Liz Powers told the canvassing board of the action but county attorneys had not received word. The recount began shortly after 10 a.m.

    West fired back at Murphy, issuing a statement:

    "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. The Murphy team's motion is procedurally and substantively lacking. With every action attempted, Murphy demonstrates a complete lace of respect and utter disregard for the voters of St. Lucie County.

    "Murphy's efforts bring to mind the dark times in our nation's history when politicians tried to manipulate the law to suppress the votes, and we are appalled by Murphy's apparent contempt for the voting rights of citizens to have their ballots accurately and fairly tabulated."

    The canvassing board’s decision to recount came late Friday, hours after Treasure Coast Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn declined to intervene in the case, declining a request from West that he order a full recount of all early votes.

    According to The Palm Beach Post: "After Vaughn’s ruling, the canvassing board held a lengthy and at times heated meeting in which elections officials revealed that 306 ballots had gone uncounted and the attorney for St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker announced that the elections chief was in the hospital."

    West-Murphy Race Recount Begins Today
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