Friday, January 11, 2008

Kucinich Request Recount In New Hampshire - Suspects Electronic Voting Machine Problems

Dennis Kucinich, an outspoken advocate for election integrity, paper-ballot elections, and campaign finance reform, has sent a letter to the New Hampshire Secretary of State asking for a recount of Tuesday’s election. Kucinich believes there are "unexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted ballots." He does not think the recount will improve his standing in the primary, but stated, "this is not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy. It is about the integrity of the election process." notes that 80% of New Hampshire's ballots have been "counted" only by a hackable, prone-to-error, Diebold optical-scan machine. This is the same machine shown being hacked in the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Hacking Democracy. In that film results of a live mock election were flipped via the gaming of the machine's memory card.

Kucinich probably has no chance of winning the nomination, but he does have a chance to help assure that our votes count. For that I applaud him, and sincerely hope he will continue to campaign. His voice has kept some serious issues before the public.

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