Good News For Allen West – St. Lucie County Full Early Vote Count Underway

Rep. Allen West hasn’t given up the fight and a recount of the early ballots in St. Lucie County has been ordered. According to The Palm Beach Post, the recount should be underway this morning.

A divided St. Lucie County canvassing board decided Friday night to recount all 37,379 ballots from early voting in the tight congressional race between Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The 2-1 decision is at least a temporary victory for West, who trails Murphy by less than 2,000 votes or about 0.6 percent in unofficial returns from congressional District 18, which includes St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties.

West has not conceded and has sought a recount of early votes after the St. Lucie County elections office admitted double-counting some votes and ignoring others on election night.

The recount will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

I don’t know how long it will take to recount all of those ballots. We’ll find out soon enough. If things go West’s way, the results from the recount in St. Lucie County could trigger a recount in the entire district.

Under Florida law, a “recount” occurs when a race is within 0.5 percent or closer. A “retabulation” is a recounting of ballots when the canvassing board determines there are errors in the initial tallying of ballots.

West hopes the retabulation will shave enough votes off Murphy’s lead to justify a full recount, which would involve Martin and Palm Beach counties as well.

Counties are required to submit final results to the state by noon Sunday. The state Elections Canvassing Commission will certify final results Tuesday. (Read More)

Stay tuned.