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Judge denies Allen West motion in Palm Beach County

(Palm Beach Post) A Palm Beach County Circuit Court judge today denied U.S. Rep. Allen West’s motion to impound ballots and voting machines from his apparent narrow loss to Democrat Patrick Murphy in the District 18 congressional race.

Meanwhile efforts to finish counting Palm Beach County ballots — already delayed beyond any other county in Florida — were further delayed when machines being used to tabulate ballots damaged them, Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said.

In circuit court, Judge David Crow said the West campaign’s motion was “premature” because official results have not yet been posted. Crow also said it is not the court’s role to set elections procedures. Those procedures already require securing ballots and other materials in case there is a recount.