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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:25 AM

Allen West Patrick Murphy race update: St. Lucie County will recount early District 18 race ballots

Auditor finds box of uncounted ballots
By: Jonathan Mattise, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

FORT PIERCE A split St. Lucie County canvassing board Friday night voted to recount all of the county's early ballots for the District 18 race, a decision Allen West 's team applauded and Patrick Murphy 's called illegal.

The decision came after a state elections auditor found a box of 306 early ballots that never were counted. David Drury, head of the Division of Elections Bureau of Voting Systems Certifications on hand for the audit, made a "personal" recommendation that the board rerun ballots from five early voting days that hadn't been counted. The board decided instead to count all eight days, which includes three days that had been recounted.

Drury and two more state auditors are studying St. Lucie's elections practices and will write a report on their findings at a time to be determined.

In the tight District 18 race that narrowly favored Democrat Murphy, the legal tussle started in a St. Lucie County courtroom and ended with the canvassing board deciding to recount all early ballots. The retabulation kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the supervisor of elections office, with a tight window to finish since the board has to finalize results to send to the state by Sunday at noon. The state certifies all races Tuesday ...

http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/political/allen-west-patrick-murphy-race-update-st-lucie-county-will-recount-early-district-18-race-ballots

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Reply Allen West Patrick Murphy race update: St. Lucie County will recount early District 18 race ballots (Original post)
struggle4progress Nov 2012 OP
chemp Nov 2012 #1
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #9
pvf741 Nov 2012 #2
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #7
TroyD Nov 2012 #10
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #3
Atman Nov 2012 #4
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #5
Atman Nov 2012 #6
Mz Pip Nov 2012 #8

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:28 AM

1. Why do they always "find" ballots?

Why is it alway in Ohio and Florida, when a tight race looms, uncounted ballots are "found" in a closet, a locked basement, buried in a backyard, or in a package sent to goodwill?

WHY!!!?

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Response to chemp (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:24 PM

9. Because it adds excitement to the story and increases the ratings?

How the fugg should I know?

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:33 AM

2. Allen West is a loser

no way can this guy let a Democrat beat him.. he seems to believe he is a chosen one.. and he is, chosen to get out of politics.. too bad the canvassing board decided to recount.. they could have done Florida a big favor and saved the money.. West is toast..

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Response to pvf741 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:40 PM

7. Welcome to DU!

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Response to pvf741 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:18 PM

10. How do you know he is toast?

This race is very close, and they could find additional ballots that put West over the top.

Nothing should be taken for granted, especially in Florida.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:01 AM

3. West's district runs through parts of 3 counties

He won by 190 votes in his slice of Palm Beach County, by 10,803 votes in always Red Martin County. Murphy was initially reported to have carried St. Lucie county by over 13, 000 votes. A partial recount of early and absentee votes came up with a net gain of 500+ for West....All he needs to get a full recount of all three counties is enough votes to place his loss within 0.5% margin....I can almost guarantee he will not lose votes in Martin county and will probably not gain any in Palm Beach as he was initially reported to have carried that county by just 11 votes.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:19 AM

4. I hate to admit...

A FB friend and old high school buddy works with West, and loves him. He has also run for office twice in Palm Beach County, and lost both times. Not surprisingly, he is a strong voter ID advocate in PBC. He insists that in his race, his team "found" nearly 300 dead people who voted for his opponent. Wouldn't surprise me if he's somehow involved in this, too. He swears West is a great war hero whose dishonorable discharge from the military was somehow a frame job.

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Response to Atman (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:38 AM

5. If he really found 300 dead people who voted, he'd have an instant national media story

and he knows it

Of course, if he really found 300 dead people who voted, and if he knows who they voted for, then he'd probably play a prominent role in the instant national media story, as reporters asked how he could know how anybody voted

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:19 PM

6. I pointed that out to him

Said it was duty to go the authorities and alert the media if this was true. He gave me some bs about "working within to change the system." I know he's totally full if it.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:42 PM

8. West is the last person the GOP

should go to the mat for. The guy is a lunatic and represents everything that is wrong with Republican politics.

Control of the House does not rest on this seat. They should just let it go.

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