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.
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
Still, von Spakovsky says the Republican representative faces an
"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
A St. Lucie County circuit judge has scheduled an afternoon
hearing on West's recount request for 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)