St. Lucie County Canvassing Board Orders Retabulation of All Early Votes in Allen West Race

The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board has ordered the retabulation of all the county’s early votes in the highly contested congressional race between Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Democrat Patrick Murphy, according to Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a volunteer lawyer for the West campaign. The board voted 2-1 in favor of recounting the votes.

“This retabulation of all early votes as the Supervisor of Elections originally planned is a victory for democracy,” Shapiro told TheBlaze. “This restores some level of trust and public confidence in the system…it was the right thing to do.”

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, election officials will retabulate a total of 33,379 ballots from all eight days of early voting in St. Lucie County, he explained.

West needs to gain just 249 votes from those ballots to trigger a statutory recount under state law, Shapiro said. West gained 535 votes in the initial recount of 16,275 early voting ballots, making it theoretically possible that the outspoken congressman could pick up the required votes to force a recount. Both candidates combined lost more than 800 votes, however, 80 percent of the decrease was owned Murphy.

Before the canvassing board voted, state Division of Elections official David Drury made a “personal” recommendation that all early votes in the county be retabulated after officials realized there were 304 early voting ballots that were never counted. There was also reportedly a missing “communications log.”

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  • Charles

    The whole election should be redone and counted correctly.

  • Nina

    …begin with the 59 precints that showed absolutely no votes for Romney…

  • Russell Fowler

    I am for West..All voting places should have a voter ID. A good American should do all he can to have a fair election or go down the drain.

  • yahoo

    How can these crooks have so many counting errors. Our system should not allow even 1 error, let alone hundreds or thousands. It should be a major scandal. I am losing trust in our voting system and also the way our elections are held. For some reason, we allow candidates to lie while campaigning (Obama and others). Basically, the winners are those that lie the most and the most convincingly. Since Obama is the most convincing of all liars, he always wins. It is a disgrace!

    • Paul in Orlando

      You are losing trust in our system? That is hilarious! Where have you been all these years? There is no system, trust, honor, respect or otherwise in government. If you don’t believe me, just look at the history of humanity. Government and religion is, has been and still is the true enemy of the people (from before the Romans to Hitler, etc…). Until the people unite and realize that, government will POSITIVELY turn the people into their slaves. Look at the African American population; they traded their old slaves for a new one. Government!

  • yahoo

    We need voter ID and an honest voting system. I don’t want our election process to turn into one that resembles Russia or other communist countries.

  • Hank

    As a child in school, I was taught to be so proud of the American system, particularly the way we peacefully transferred power by a free and fair election process. Although election fraud was surely present back then, too, it never occurred to me that a federal election, such as that of the president or a senator or representative, could actually be turned by voter fraud. Our elections were the shining example held up for all the world to see.

    I am no longer a child in school, and I am no longer proud of our election process. As a matter of fact, I am ashamed of that process for it is no more legitimate than that of some banana republic in S. America. Aided by a complicit justice system and a too-liberal news media, politicians are rewarded for lying, cheating and unfairly disparaging their opponents. Numerous districts find that they typically have more people voting than they have registered voters, and the justice department appears to be completely uninterested. Those who get elected by nefarious means laud it over their opponents as if their position has been justified by that fraudulent vote and find it laughable that their opponents wish to recount or contest the outcome. And, as in most government affairs, the public appears totally disinterested in the fact that they are being represented by liars and cheats who gained their positions illegally. If there are no salacious sexual details pertaining to one candidate or the other, the general public turns away in apathy as if their lives are not affected at all. Most are either too ignorant or too lazy to examine the issues or even the party platforms in order to make a reasonable decision– they simply vote for the Democrat or the Republican because their father or grandfather always voted that way. How perfectly ridiculous is that? Your liberty and even your life is held in the hands of those being elected, and you’re not even interested enough to educate yourself on what they wish to do once they’re elected as long as they do it in the name of this or that party? You grasp onto one issue which might affect you and vote based on that issue alone without regard to the welfare of the nation as a whole? If you cherish your liberty, you could not act more absurdly than that.

    No, I am no longer proud of our political system for I see its rotten core and realize there is nothing special here. It is no better than that of any third-rate nation where the thugs of wannabe dictators frighten the people into electing them in phony, rigged elections which have no more validity than that of the neighborhood bully who gains his power through fear and intimidation. It is shameful. We should execute anyone doing or condoning election fraud… period.

  • I want to know if the miltitary vote was ever counted from overseas?