This doesn’t sound promising at all but I’m holding out hope:
PALM BEACH POST – A judge today denied U.S. Rep. Allen West‘s request that he order a recount of 37,379 ballots from early voting in St. Lucie County — effectively leaving the decision up to the county’s canvassing board, which meets today at 4 p.m.
Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn said he did not have the authority to order the recount, which West wanted after problems emerged in the counting of early votes on election night.
After West filed his complaint Tuesday in St. Lucie County circuit court, the canvassing board on Thursday scheduled a meeting for this afternoon to consider a full recount of early votes. …
Murphy attorney Gerald Richman said in court today that if the canvassing board orders a full recount of early votes this afternoon, the Murphy campaign will go to court to try to block it.
UPDATE: Here is Allen West’s response to the court decision not to get involved. I’m still waiting to hear what the canvassing board has decided.
Regarding the 19th Judicial Circuit Court’s decision to deny a recount of absentee and early votes in St. Lucie County:
Patrick Murphy sent an army of lawyers to this hearing to argue that votes should not be counted accurately and fairly. Unfortunately, the court chose not to get involved. While we respect the court’s decision, we remain concerned the voters in St. Lucie County will not be able to havein the integrity of the electoral process and their right to a fair election, and will continue to pursue all legal options to ensure they do.
It became apparent today that Patrick Murphy has no interest in having a fair and accurate count of votes. We are dismayed that a man who clearly has no respect for the law suddenly wants to lecture others about it. Regarding the “rule of law,” the fact that the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections did not follow it is part of the reason we have found so many discrepancies with the votes.
It’s also clear Patrick Murphy has had such a good time with Nancy Pelosi pretending to be a congressman, he realizes a recount would likely derail his plans, and that’s why his lawyers promised a lawsuit if all votes are recounted fairly and accurately. It’s an interesting stance from a candidate who said he was the clear and outright winner. Further, it is curious that a so-called CPA would not be concerned that numbers simply don’t add up.
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