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Rep. Allen West Refuses to Concede, Seeks Hand-Count, Impounding of Ballots and Voting Systems in FL-18 U.S. House Race

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Tea Party-backed Repub reportedly trails challenger Murphy by less than 2,500 votes as tallied by FL's flawed, failed voting systems...


On Election Night, Democrats and progressives celebrated the reported defeat of far Rightwing Tea Party-backed Rep. Allen West (R-FL22) by his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in Florida's newly redistricted 18th Congressional district in Eastern Florida.

With precinct votes unofficially tabulated in the three counties which comprise the new Democratic-leaning district -- Martin, St. Lucie and part of Palm Beach -- Murphy reportedly leads West by 2,456 votes out of 318,200 electronically tallied to date. That number does not include what West's campaign manager describes as "tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in Palm Beach County and potential provisional ballots across the district."

Nonetheless, Murphy has declared victory, which carries no particular legal weight, while West has filed legal documents in St. Lucie and Palm Beach calling for the impounding of voting systems, paper ballots and a hand-count of those ballots.

West may be a far Right extremist. A fair amount of evidence even suggests that West may be certifiably insane. But, even far right, possibly insane candidates, and especially their supporters, deserve to have their votes counted in a way that they can know, for certain, that they either won or lost an election.

Given the oft-failed, easily-manipulated, unoverseeable electronic voting and tabulation systems -- each with a long and well-documented record of failure and miscounts -- used in the three counties that make up Florida's new 18th district (as well as the rest of the state of Florida, and the rest of the 50 states for that matter), West and his supporters have every reason to demand a public, 100% hand-count of paper ballots before conceding defeat. Particularly in an election with such a slim margin, as reported by the flawed electronic systems, said to stand between the two candidates...

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What? Are you kiddin' me? Are you telling me that ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 8:54:14 AM
Geniously stated! ... ad who knows how his real to... by E. T. SIMON on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:47:39 AM
Every hand count is a real count and only a hand c... by Dante DeNavarre on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 11:21:09 AM
Maybe Mr. Friedman should cover it.... by mac Sperry on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 2:39:34 PM
Ooops!! Of course, if he's going to cover this 're... by mac Sperry on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 2:45:56 PM