Judge to hear West recount request

Hearing scheduled for Friday

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- As state auditors watch over the elections process in St. Lucie County through one recount, some are hoping a judge will grant a second.

 

A hearing has been scheduled for Friday afternoon to hear Congressman Allen West's request for a full recount in his race with Patrick Murphy.

As of Wednesday evening, Murphy's lead over West was just outside the half-percent margin that would trigger an automatic recount.

In a lawsuit, West claims a recount of early votes done over the weekend in St. Lucie County was improper. Three days of early voters were recounted. West's camp wanted all 37,000 plus early votes recounted.

 

On Wednesday, David Drury from the Florida Division of Elections, arrived and immediately went to work observing the elections process in St. Lucie County.

 

A recount for the Fort Pierce mayoral race triggered by the closeness of the race took up most of the day.

 

Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker admitted Tuesday that there were issues with thousands of votes, but the recount done last Sunday cleared up that matter.

 

Walker also said she doesn't have the authority to order a full recount under state law.

 

In a letter sent to Walker, The Department of State thought all early votes were going to be recounted.

Sean Domnick, an attorney for Patrick Murphy, said West's lawsuit  does not have merit.

 

Division of State auditors will be on the Treasure Coast through Sunday.  

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