Allen West St. Lucie County courtroom hearing Friday, November 16, 2012, Full recount requested, Gertrude Walker Supervisor of Elections irregularities statement
“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. 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.”…Allen West campaign
“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″
“It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes”…Joseph Stalin
From the Examiner November 15, 2012.
“Allen West – Patrick Murphy duel continues in court Friday”
“With no love lost in Florida’s District 18 Congressional race, Allen West’s lawyers will duel with Patrick Murphy’s lawyers in a St. Lucie County courtroom tomorrow fighting a recount of votes cast in the general election on November 6, 2012. What is most in contention is many early ballots were being fed into tabulating machines twice by St. Lucie Supervisor of Elections staff. A partial recount of 16,275 ballots was conducted last week which netted West a closer margin toward victory to the stated victory of Murphy. Murphy went to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in his orientation to be the next U.S. Representative for District 18. District 18 spans St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach County.
West lawyers are expected to argue for a full recount of votes cast in the District 18 race by the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections because of irregularities found in different precincts. There would be 37,379 St. Lucie County ballots that would need to be recounted on or before Sunday because that is when the election results are slated to be certified to the state election’s office.
Gertrude Walker, St. Lucie County’s Supervisor of Elections, made a statement on her website regarding the irregularities, “Turnout percentages will show over 100% due to a two page ballot. the tabulation system (GEMS) provides voter turnout as equal to the total cards cast in the election divided by the number of registered voters. also note that some voters chose not to return by mail the second card containing the amendments.”
West’s legal team was in Palm Beach County court last week trying to lock up the ballots and machines used in he District 18 race in case a recount is needed, however Circuit Judge Crow shot down the argument. The main reason was that Crow felt if any action was going to be necessary, West’s hearing was occurring too soon.
Both campaign teams continue to email supporters almost daily requesting more money for an expected legal battle between the two candidates.”