If anyone thought the St. Lucie County emergency meeting and recount starting at 7am on Sunday morning would put an end to the confusion over who won the CD 18 race between Democrat Patrick Murphy and Republican Congressman Allen West, they would be mistaken.
The problems are far from over. According to West’s campaign manger Tim Edson and attorneys from the team, the whole recount was a bait and switch.
Gertrude Walker, the St. Lucie County SOE agreed voluntarily to recount the votes from early voting due to an admitted glitch in the way those votes were recorded on election night. According to Edson, she called him Saturday to notify him and she released a notice to the public on the county website. The notice said that there would be a recount of all of the votes.
This morning, upon arrival, they were informed that the only dates that will be recounted by machine scanners would be the votes from November 1, 2, and 3. These dates do not include the three days of votes that were in question on election night. Oct. 27, 28, 29.
The dates in question were read into the record in front of the canvasing board on Thursday Nov 8, by Edson, leaving everyone scratching their heads today as to why they are “cherry picking” the days that will be recounted.
Biz Pac Review interviewed the Republican Party of St. Lucie County Chairman Bill Paterson about the ongoing situation:
Allen West campaign press release:
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS ATTEMPTS TO STEAL ELECTIONSupervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker clearly runs most corruptelections office in the state of FloridaStuart, FL – Today West for Congress campaign manager Tim Edson released the following statement in response to the sham recount underway in St. Lucie County this morning:“Late yesterday, the St. Lucie County Board of Elections had agreed to recount all early ballots to address concerns stemming from their acknowledgement of technical errors late on Election Night in the counting of the first three days of early voting, as posted on their website.
However this morning, when observers arrived at the elections office for the 7:00 a.m. recount, they were told by the Supervisor of Elections only the finalthree days of early voting would be recounted, when in fact the data in question relates to the first three days of voting. During discussions about the recount, the canvassing board repeatedly tried to shoo away observers and prevent them from listening in on discussions. Apparently they have never heard of Florida sunshine laws.When questioned about counting the wrong three days of voting, the Supervisor of Elections and the canvassing board claimed the errors were in fact on the final three days, despite the record from Thursday’s canvassing board meeting showing otherwise. In addition, the Supervisor has said transcripts from the earlier canvassing board meeting will not be released until the day before the votes are certified.What was originally viewed as dangerous incompetence on the part of Gertrude Walker now appears more and more like a willful attempt to steal the election for Patrick Murphy. Nothing about this story adds up. If there is truly nothing wrong with the data from the first three days of voting, why will it not be released?West for Congress will pursue every legal means necessary to ensure a fair election, not only to ensure Gertrude Walker is held accountable, but also ultimately replaced, so the citizens of St Lucie County will be ensured fair and accurate elections.”