Why West wants a recount

Friday, November 16, 2012
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A legal scholar and former official on the Federal Election Commission doesn't think it's likely that Rep. Allen West (R-FL) will be able to hold on to his congressional seat despite some reported voting irregularities in one county.

The one-term congressman faced a daunting challenge in his re-election effort, as his original 22nd District was redrawn -- compelling him to run in the 18th District. He ended up losing to liberal Democrat Patrick Murphy by just over 1,900 votes. But West has filed a complaint with a Florida circuit court, seeking a full recount of the votes cast in the 18th District.

von Spakovsky, Hans (Heritage)Hans von Spakovsky is senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and co-author of Who's Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk. He says the recount request came about after it was discovered that machines used in early voting in St. Lucie County were double counting.

"They did a recount, but they only did a recount for three days of early voting instead of the entire period," the legal fellow explains. "I think West has a good point that if you discover that there's a problem with the electronic voting machines, you should do a recount for the entire period that those early voting machines were used."

Still, von Spakovsky says the Republican representative faces an uphill battle.

"Election contests are extremely hard to win for challengers," he asserts. "People who lose have a very tough time. State laws on this are pretty strict because they want a certain election outcome, and it's tough for a challenger to get an election overturned."

A St. Lucie County circuit judge has scheduled an afternoon hearing on West's recount request for 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) today.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's your favorite part about the Super Bowl?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Super Bowl 50: Manning's last game? Newton's finest moment?
Debate takeaways: Rubio shaken, Trump not stirred
Airstrike hits college in eastern Libyan city, killing 4
AP fact check: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance
Senior falls 4 stories to death at Mass. university
MVP Newton, Watt, Rivera, Berry big winners of NFL awards
North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Rubio momentum derailed by Christie attacks
Analysis: Governors soar, Rubio stumbles in crucial NH debate
Wheaton College, 'Same God' professor part ways after 9 yrs.
Al-Qaida frees Australian missionary kidnapped in Burkina Faso
Top tier takes heat: Rubio, others under fire at NH debate

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Egyptian protest 'not going to last'

A national defense activist and expert on the Middle East doesn't think protesters will successfully quell Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's power grab.