Allen West demands recount in Florida

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has filed a complaint with a Florida circuit court seeking a full recount of early ballots in the race for Florida's 18th District.

Though Democrat Patrick Murphy was ahead of West at last count by .58 percent, just above the .5 percent margin that would force a recount by Florida law, West has refused to concede.

He has now filed a complaint, along with eight early voters in the race, calling for an injunction ordering St. Lucie County supervisor of elections Gertrude Walker and Florida secretary of state Dan Detzner to fully recount all eight days of early voting in St. Lucie County.

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The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board did recount three days of early voting, due to a machine malfunction, and according to West's campaign, the voter count subsequently declined by nearly 1,000 ballots. 

"It stands to reason that if the remaining early votes were to be recounted, additional errors would be uncovered and the tabulation of votes revised accordingly," the statement issued by West's campaign reads.

West's campaign also alleged that "the County has violated both the Florida Open Meeting Law, Florida Sunshine Law and the Florida Constitution by meeting behind closed doors and without providing the required notice to the public."

A separate complaint from West's campaign, to impound ballots and voting machines, was denied in a Palm Beach Circuit Court last Friday. The judge in that case, David Crow, called West's motion "entirely premature" and asserted that "courts should not get involved in the election process."

The West-Murphy race is one of just five House races nationwide that have yet to be officially decided.

The result of the race will be officially certified on Friday, as a handful of overseas and military ballots remain outstanding, but Murphy has already declared victory and is attending orientation events on Capitol Hill this week.