by Javier Manjarres | November 13, 2012
(Shark Tank)—Stuart, FL – Congressman Allen West, along with eight other named plaintiffs who were early voters in St. Lucie County in Florida filed a complaint today in the Circuit Court in St. Lucie County requesting the court to immediately issue a preliminary injunction ordering Defendant Gertrude Walker, as St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, and Defendant Dan Detzner, as Florida Secretary of State, to convene the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board for the purpose of counting all votes cast in the election for the 18th Congressional District during the early voting period. The complaint also requested that the Defendants refrain from certifying results of the election for the 18th Congressional District until all ballots cast during the early voting period have been counted.
The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board met on Sunday for the stated purpose of recounting “all ballots cast during early voting.” This “refeed” was not conducted pursuant to Florida’s automatic recount statute but rather as part of the canvassing process. The Canvassing Board however re-fed only ballots cast on three days during the early voting period. This limited, partial re-feed- not conducted pursuant to any statute- uncovered significant errors in the initial tabulation of votes.
Nearly 1,000 votes disappeared from the count, and neither the Canvassing Board nor the Supervisor provided any explanation for this selective recount. Despite publicly announcing a hearing for the purposes of re-feeding all early votes, counsel for the Canvassing Board publicly advised that “Tallahassee” recommended counting only those specific three days – all without providing information as to who advised a selective re-feed or what the basis was for doing so.