True the Vote files lawsuit against Gertrude Walker, St. Lucie Supervisor of Elections

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, is facing a lawsuit from a tea-party voter advocacy group, True the Vote, Inc., over the District 18 congressional election counting process.

Bill Paterson, Chairman of the St. Lucie County Republican Party, said no matter what race, voters should have the right to a fair count.

"Not only for accuracy," said Paterson, "but an open election where you can see with crystal clarity that everything was done properly."

Representative Patrick Murphy is in session in Washington D.C., so his spokesperson, Erin Moffet, said he could not offer comment.

True the Vote's lawyer, Michael Barnett, said this lawsuit is not about changing the results-- it's about setting a precedent.

"We want to know why there were so many errors," said Bartnett. "This is about voter integrity. This is about transparency, and making sure that the system works effectively for the voters."

The lawsuit alleges the supervisor's office violated public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act.

"The law says these records are public," said Paterson. "You can't just choose to say, 'No, they're not, we're not showing them to you.' And that's what happened before, and that should never happen again."

Paterson cites a laundry list of mistakes in the St. Lucie County election results reporting process, from malfunctioning memory cards to "missing" boxes of ballots that had to be added to the count.

He hopes this lawsuit will prevent any of these problems from ever happening again.

"It left everybody with a bad taste in their mouth over this election," said Paterson.

NewsChannel 5 reached out multiple times to Gertrude Walker, but she had not responded by press time.

Her attorney, Cynthia Angelos, said she hadn't yet read the lawsuit, so it would be premature for her to comment.

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