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Hearing Scheduled For West's Recount Request

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November 15, 2012

A hearing has been scheduled for Friday on Rep. Allen West's, R-Fla., request for a recount of all the ballots cast during early voting in St. Lucie County, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Democrat Patrick Murphy still holds a .58 percent lead over West after a partial recount of St. Lucie County votes narrowed the gap between the two -- his lead would need to be within a .5 percent margin in order to trigger an automatic recount, but West is refusing to concede. The Post:

St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker said her office double-counted some early ballots and failed to count others on election night. But Walker said the problem was limited to ballots from three of the eight days of early voting and was fixed Sunday during a recount of those votes.

West says a full recount of ballots from all eight days of early voting is needed to eliminate any doubts about St. Lucie County's totals. West's motion for injunctive relief asks Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn to order a full recount of early votes and bar the county from certifying results until the recount is complete. Vaughn set a hearing on the motion for 1 p.m. Friday.

Counties must file certified results with the state by noon Sunday. The state's Election Canvassing Commission gives final certification to all results on Tuesday.

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