Allen West was (and is!) running in Florida for re-election to the House of Representatives. That race is not over. Or rather, the counting of the votes is not over. West is trying to get an honest count of the votes that can assure him that he and his supporters are not being defrauded of their votes.
As Fox News reported Sunday Night,
“Election officials in Florida are recounting some early votes cast in the hotly contested race for the state’s 18th district’s House seat between Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board began the partial recount Sunday morning and results have yet to be reported.”
The vote is not close enough to permit an automatic recount, but Team West saw irregularities in the voting numbers that did not make sense. They pressed for a recount, and were granted one, except that the limits of the recount keep shifting.
“The official notice of the recount stated all early votes would be included, but officials then decided to feed only three days of ballots into scanners. West’s campaign objected to the dates being recounted, the absence of a full recount of early votes and the county’s refusal to turn over some other documentation requested. Heather Young, an assistant county attorney, then said all dates affected by an Election Night failure in loading memory cards are being included in Sunday’s count, but a protracted legal fight by West appeared more likely with each passing day.”
So everyone seems to be forced to admit that something went wrong, but keep changing the plan about what will be done to fix it. The documents that the country is refusing to turn over are the logs that would verify the votes. The campaign stated, “we have requested that the St. Lucie supervisor of elections make public the poll check-in books to ensure the number of ballots cast matches the number of voters checked-in at the polls.” So far they have not been given that documentation.
West’s campaign expressed their problems with the vote the day after the election:
“Late 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.”
So it looks as if the Democrats are stealing an office away from a conservative Republican candidate.