Former tea party leader sues St. Lucie County elections chief over West-Murphy recordsby George Bennett | February 4th, 2013
Former Palm Beach County Tea Party Coordinator Pam Wohlschlegel and a national group called True The Vote have filed a federal lawsuit accusing St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker of failing to turn over public records related to Democrat Patrick Murphy‘s narrow victory over former Republican Rep. Allen West in November.
Murphy defeated West by less than 1 percent in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18. In St. Lucie County, which is home to about 37 percent of District 18 voters, Walker admitted some early ballots were double-counted and others were ignored on election night. But after a retabulation of St. Lucie County’s early votes nearly three weeks after the election, vote totals did not change enough to trigger a district-wide recount under state law and West conceded the race.
In a suit filed in federal court in Fort Pierce, True The Vote and Wohlschlegel ask the court to compel Walker to allow the plaintiffs to physically inspect a variety of records, many of which appear to be aimed at determining whether any ineligible people cast ballots.
Walker today said her office had been in ongoing discussions with True The Vote about inspecting records. She said she had not seen the lawsuit and could not immediately comment on it.