TEQUESTA, FL - Beverly Hires, a volunteer, today is requesting immediate action on her petition issued earlier this week to State of Florida in reference to the recount for Allen West. Please read the full petition below:
Dear Honorable Ken Detzner,
Attached is my petition requesting that you as Chief Elections Office for the State of Florida take such actions as provided by law to assure an accurate count of ballots in the 18th Congressional District. I copied and pasted it below as well.
Beverly Joy Hires
18213 Se Fairview Cir
Tequesta, FL 33469
SECRETARY OF STATE
STATE OF FLORIDA
IN RE VOTE TABULATION Case No:__________________
AND OTHER IRREGULARITIES
CASTING DOUBT TO VALIDITY
OF ELECTION RESULTS OF
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 18
PETITION THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE TAKE ACTION TO COMPEL THE RETABULATION OF VOTES IN ST LUCIE COUNTY AS AUTHORIZED BY FLORIDA STATUTES 97.012(14), (15) and (16).
Now comes petitioner, Beverly Joy Hires, as a legal elector of Congressional District 18, and hereby requests that the Honorable Secretary of State as Chief Elections Officer of the State of Florida, take such actions as provided by law to accomplish an accurate vote result in a manner that assures the electorate that every legal vote be counted and treated equally, so that a correct and true certification of this election results, free of the taint that has casted substantial doubt as to the correct result.
Vote tabulation irregularities and the failure to follow proper procedures in the handling of the counting process in St Lucie County, have resulted in substantial doubts as to the true vote and outcome of this election. As explained by Gertrude Walker , Supervisor of Elections, 3,650 ballots were counted twice and 1,950 ballots not counted at all on election night due to confusion and failure to follow proper procedures. Later, on Sunday November 11th, the Supervisor conducted a partial machine recount of 3 days of early voting that were identified by the Supervisor as the group of ballots effected. The results changed the total numbers counted for those 3 days by 809 or by 3.2%. The change in numbers of ballots reflected that the previously double counted ballots were 83% in favor of Patrick Murphy and 17% in favor of Allen West and thus substantially narrowed the race almost triggering an automatic recount. Further, the partial recount was flawed. If indeed, only those 3 days were in question, the partial recount should have corrected both the double counted and uncounted ballots, and a 1,700 reduction in total votes for the 3 days recounted should have been the result, not a 803 ballot change. Clearly, the explanation given is inaccurate and not the only irregularity. Even if partially correct, there must be still many double counted votes reflected in the unofficial certified total! More likely, this result is evidence of a systemic ballot handling and tabulating problem not isolated to the 3 days identified by the Supervisor, nor even limited to just early voted ballots.
Further if “all” ballots cast in the race are considered, under and over counted or unread for other reasons, a mere 192 votes gain by Allen West, in a race where over 330,000 ballots were cast, would result in an automatic recount . Given the bias of over counted ballots seen thus far, it is likely that the outcome of the race would be different. It is this petitioners good faith belief that not only would a re-tabulation and accounting of all ballots in St Lucie likely change the outcome of the race, but that without a full re-tabulation, the processes and irregularities have cast into doubt the validity of the race with an outcome that does not reflect the true choice of the electors.
Without a complete accounting and re-tabulation of ballots cast in St. Lucie County, this race will remain under an ominous cloud of suspicion, casting doubts that go to the heart of the electoral processes that will remain for a very long time. Given the relatively small burden and the huge irreparable harm to the public that would ensue, a full accounting and recount is required to assure not only that every vote is treated and counted equally, but that the true winner be determined so that the individual actually winning the majority of votes, represent the 18th District in Congress.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Wherefore, Petitioner prays that the Honorable Secretary of State as Chief Elections officer with plenary authority to take actions to assure that the fundamental rights of the electors of the 18th District have their votes counted equally, and that the correct winner represent them is Washington, DC, :
1. Send such agents to St Lucie County to secure the ballots to prevent compromise;
2. Take legal action to compel re-tabulation of all ballots;
3. Set forth procedures regarding the re-tabulation of all ballots to assure each vote is treated equally, and;
4. Any other action as provided for by law as determined to be just.
BEVERLY JOY HIRES
18213 SE Fairview Cir.
Tequesta, Florida 33469