Count 'Em Again, Says Kucinich

Cites 'irregularities,' calls for New Hampshire recount
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2008 8:01 AM CST
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich announces his reelection bid for Ohio's 10th district seat at the Laborers International Union hall in Cleveland Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. Kucinich will continue, for now, his...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Longshot Democratic hopeful Dennis Kucinich wants the ballots recounted in the New Hampshire primary, The Hill reports. While he's not under any illusions that a recount would boost his own number—less than 2%—significantly, he says in a letter to the NH secretary of state there are “serious and credible reports, allegations, and rumors" about the vote's integrity.

Kucinich points to disparities between hand-counted and machine-counted ballots, as well as between pre-vote polls and the results. “This is not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy,” Kucinich said. “It is about the integrity of the election process.”  A state official said he had "every confidence" that the count was correct; Kucinich can have a recount if he wants, he added, but under state law he'll have to pay for it himself.