New Hampshire Recount Will Occur on Behalf of One Republican, One Democratic Candidate
GOP Candidate Albert Howard and Democrat Dennis Kucinich Both Granted Recounts by Secretary of State
Kucinich Names Velvet Revolution, BRAD BLOG and Progressive Democrats of America as Info Sources
A press release issued by New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner on January 11 confirms online reports that a recount of last Tuesday's presidential primary will be conducted. "Secretary of State Gardner announced that the recounts will start Wednesday, January 16, 2008."
According to a statement by Howard, seen at right, "My real concern is the controversial Diebold Electronic Scanning machines. They were used for 81% of the vote counting in New Hampshire. For the security of a free State we must keep our election process clean, open and fair. This is why I as well as many others supporting this effort feel it is necessary to challenge the discrepancy between the hand counted votes and the Machine counted votes. I believe it is better to take action now in the first primary than later."
Both Howard, whose presidential run is limited to the state of New Hampshire, and Democrat Dennis Kucinich have requested official 'recount' of the New Hampshire presidential primary for reasons of election integrity, and not because either challenges the number of votes he himself received.
The online edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, home town paper of Representative Dennis Kucinich, quoted the campaign's press release: "Ever since the 2000 election -- and even before -- the American people have been losing faith in the belief that their votes were actually counted," and "This recount isn't about who won 39% of 36% or even 1%. It's about establishing whether 100% of the voters had 100% of their votes counted exactly the way they cast them. This is not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy. It is about the integrity of the election process." According to the newspaper's website, Kucinich named "VelvetRevolution.us, The Brad Blog and Progressive Democrats of America" as sources for his information regarding the New Hampshire primary results.