Day two of examining ballots and counting votes in the Congressional District 18 race is on the horizon and Allen West’s supporters are crying foul.
According to Tim Edson, West’s campaign manager, they have good reason to be outraged. In a media release sent out Wednesday, Edson said:
“Late last night Congressman West maintained a district-wide lead of nearly 2000 votes until the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections ‘recounted’ thousands of early ballots. Following that ‘recount’ Congressman West trailed by 2,400 votes. In addition, there were numerous other disturbing irregularities reported at polls across St. Lucie County including the doors to polling places being locked when the polls closed, in direct violation of Florida law, thereby preventing the public from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results. The St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office clearly ignored proper rules and procedures, and the scene at the Supervisor’s office last night could only be described as complete chaos. Given the hostility and demonstrated incompetence of the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, we believe it is critical that a full hand recount of the ballots take place in St. Lucie County. We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly will pursue all legal means necessary.”
Other volunteers said they were frustrated and don’t trust Bucher, a known partisan Democrat, since she burned Republicans by opening the polls for two extra days after early voting had ended. Bucher reportedly notified Democratic Party leaders but left Republican leaders to find out through liberal newspapers.