FL: Voter integrity group wants ballot review of Allen West’s race

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REDO: A voter group says the public deserves to review recount records in the county which suffered ballot problems and eventually led to the defeat of U.S. Rep. Allen West.

More than a month after Election Day, groups are once again calling attention to the narrow recount in St. Lucie County which eventually cost U.S. Rep. Allen West his re-election.

True the Vote, a nonpartisan election-integrity organization based in Houston, has petioned county elections supervisor Gertrude Walker to release all voter registration records and poll books in the 18th district U.S. House race, eventually won by Democratic newcomer Patrick Murphy.

“Florida voters deserve a full, unfilteredr explanation of the facts,” said True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht in a statement. “We cannot know whether all the votes add up unless all the relevant information is made available for public inspection.”

The group notes that scrutiny surrounding the recount has stopped since West conceded the race in November, but they will press on to reveal the details of how ballots were allegedly double counted, precincts were not included and the recount was delayed to the last minute.

True the Vote is committed to performing a county-wide audit of all registration records for the 2012 Election,” said Engelbrecht. “Our goal is to fully deconstruct this episode so that this type of travesty won’t happen again.”

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Yaël Ossowski is a national investigative reporter for Watchdog.org. He studied at Concordia University in Montréal and the University of Vienna.