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True the Vote Files Suit for Recount in West Race

Monday, 04 Feb 2013 11:24 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

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True the Vote, a vote monitoring organization, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday to audit the recount results in the race between former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.

West yielded the tight election to Murphy nearly three weeks after Election Day, when a second tally concluded that admitted vote-counting inaccuracies would not have changed the race's outcome.

True the Vote has partnered with Tea Party Coordinator Pam Wohlschlegel in the suit, which claims that St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker has never turned over public records related to the race.

In its lawsuit, the group cites the 1993 Motor Voter Law, which grants them permission to publicly inspect and examine all voter registration and election records in question.

True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement that a "comprehensive, outside audit" of the final results is warranted due to the nature of the race, in which election officials have acknowledged vote-counting flaws.

"This dramatic recount was an extraordinary example of how our elections can suffer systematic failure," said Engelbrecht. "We run the risk of seeing episodes like this becoming ordinary if citizens do not demand answers and hold election officials accountable."

"The American people own the voting system — we have the right to ask tough questions when we witness the failure of one of America’s core functions," she said.

In an interview with Breitbart.com, Engelbrecht said the filing of the lawsuit is not a move to try and reclaim for West the seat he yielded to Murphy. Rather, it’s an attempt to find out if everything was lawful on Election Day.

"This has nothing to do with politics," she said. "Recounts are going to be a fact of life as long as America remains so polarized. We have a chance to learn what exactly went wrong in St. Lucie County and whether the election was decided only by those entitled to participate."

"We have an opportunity to educate others on how to avoid costly mistakes from being made in the future," Engelbrecht added. "Some folks may not feel that this is worth fighting over. We cannot wait for this kind of injustice to spread until all Americans demand better."

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