Forget Denmark, something’s rotten in St. Lucie county, Florida

Posted by: Phineas on November 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Gee! I get to vote twice? Cool!

I mean, with such a well-managed election operation as this, I can’t see why anyone thinks there’s a problem:

Then there is Gertrude Walker, the 32-year-veteran election supervisor of St. Lucie County, who has spent much of the last two weeks explaining why her office completely botched the count. She admitted that her office had acted in “haste” in issuing election results, and that “mistakes were made.” Among her mistakes was failing to count 40 of the 94 precincts under her jurisdiction on Election Night — and then counting the other 54 twice. Indeed. On Friday, her office announced it had “discovered” 304 additional early votes left in a box. None had been counted

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

But Walker wasn’t available for comment. She has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.

The news was one reason that Florida’s secretary of state has dispatched a team of experts to audit St. Lucie’s procedures. The St. Lucie Election Canvassing Board voted to approve a complete recount of all the early ballots. It began the recount on Saturday but stopped it at 8 p.m. because the county building’s security system was set to be switched on later that night. Some people complained that the alarms have been switched off in the past to allow county business to continue after hours, but their complaints were ignored. The recount resumed on Sunday morning, but it missed the noon deadline to submit the county’s final returns to Florida’s secretary of state.

So, on Sunday, the previous results—the ones showing Democrat Murphy ahead—were sent to Florida’s secretary of state for certification.

How convenient that this “glitch” means St. Lucie’s returns also cost Rep. Allen West his seat.

Read the rest of John Fund’s article for more on Ms. Walker’s troubling history. Florida has a serious problem with its elections, and owes it to the voters to clean this up.

Addendum: Disappointing news from Legal Insurrection. Thanks to the slow-walking of the recount by Walker’s office, Congressman West may have few legal avenues left and may be preparing to concede defeat. Democrats should remember the warning words of Obi Wan Kenobi.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Forget Denmark, something’s rotten in St. Lucie county, Florida”

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  1. Chris in NC says:

    Mr. Boyle could not be reached for comment. His lawyer said he was hospitalized with a mental breakdown….

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Have they never heard of electronic ballots? The ones used here are like a big iPad and no one has any trouble figuring out to use them. Best of all they are accurate and the various polling stations have a laptop to access the database of registered voters in the county. All this is in Midland, TX, hometown of George W. Bush. Remember the George Jones song, “High Tech Redneck”?

  3. Lorica says:

    Among her mistakes was failing to count 40 of the 94 precincts under her jurisdiction on Election Night — and then counting the other 54 twice.

    It is times like this when the opposition has such blatant disregard for doing the right thing, that I believe we should cry foul and our guy should be put in place. Why is it only in democrat areas do these things happen?? Then they want to bend the rules to make sure their guy wins. Due to this persons own admissions this should be automatically recounted by the state or Rep West should just be put in the position. Better luck next time cheaters.

    But no the state won’t step in and the cheaters will think they got away with something much like 8 year olds stealing candy. A very sad time in America, to say the least. – Lorica

    P.S. I guess Alan West has already conceded, which is yet another reason the state should step in.

  4. Ninety Miles says:

    Complete fraud occurred in St Lucie County,

    see my articles on this here:

    LINK

    LINK

    I have a statement copy of votes cast in the post, indisputable fraud.

  5. Carlos says:

    “But Walker wasn’t available for comment. She has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.”

    Actually, they were doing an EEG – to see if there was any identifyable brain activity.

    This is bad enough, but consider this: she’s going to be in line for a hefty pension courtesy of the taxpayers of the county when she retires…not to mention the perks she’s getting right now, like medical care.