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WPTV reported that the state of Florida is sending officials to St. Lucie County to audit last Tuesday’s election results.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a letter officials would show up Wednesday, November 14th, to “observe and examine the election processes, to include any vote tabulations, and the condition, custody, and operation of voting systems” for the election.
In addition, Vince Gaskin, a Fort Pierce mayoral candidate, filed a request for an injunction against the St. Lucie County elections supervisor and Canvassing Board, asking the circuit court to postpone Wednesday’s recount, impound voting machines and review the election results.
The Allen West campaign released the following statement announcing a complaint has been filed in circuit court seeking a preliminary injunction ordering St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to recount all votes cast in the CD 18 race.
The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board met on Sunday, November 11, 2012 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 advised publicly that “Tallahassee” recommended counting only those specific three days – all without providing information as to who advised a selective re-feed or the basis for doing so.
It stands to reason that if the remaining early votes were to be recounted, additional errors would be uncovered and the tabulation of votes revised accordingly. Until these remaining early ballots are recounted, however, the Canvassing Board has arbitrarily applied differing counting standards to similarly situated ballots. The erroneous decision of St. Lucie County to “re-feed” only some of the early votes cast in this election violates the Florida Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection to voters.
In addition, the County has violated both the Florida Open Meeting Law, Florida Sunshine Law and the Florida Constitution by meeting behind closed doors and without providing the required notice to the public.
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