2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

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St. Lucie Elections Procedures Probed in Report

The review follows the closely watched congressional race between Allen West and Patrick Murphy

Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 4:54 PM EDT
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Congressman Allen West on Election "Discrepancies"

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Judge Denies Request in Allen West, Patrick Murphy Race

A Palm Beach County circuit court judge denied Congressman Allen West's request to impound ballots and voting machines, dealing a blow to his re-election chances.

Congressman Allen West on Election "Discrepancies"

Congressman Allen West told reporters that he's calling for a recount because "it's important that we make sure that a good and fair election has been done." He said there have been discrepancies in St. Lucie County, and noted that Palm Beach County is still counting votes.
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A state report says election staff inexperience and inadequate procedures fueled vote-counting problems in the contentious congressional race in which Democrat Patrick Murphy ousted Republican Allen West.

The report out Friday from the Department of State focuses on St. Lucie County, where West and Murphy battled in the country's most expensive House race. The razor-thin contest gave way to two weeks of recounts, court fights and allegations that votes weren't properly counted.

Murphy was ultimately declared the winner of the race, unseating West, a first-term hero of the tea party movement. But it came after many allegations of electoral malfeasance by supporters of West.

Judge Declines to Halt Recount in West-Murphy Race

The Department of State review found at least four incidences in which St. Lucie voting machine memory cards failed, as well as numerous ballot-scanning errors and missing logs of ballots.

Murphy, 29, of Jupiter was sworn into office Thursday.

Canvassing Board Certifies Florida Voting Results

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