DETROIT, MI â€“ Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the most outspoken advocate in the Presidential field and in Congress 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 Tuesdayâ€™s election because of â€œunexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted ballots.â€
â€œI am not making this request in the expectation that a recount will significantly affect the number of votes that were cast on my behalf,â€ Kucinich stressed in a letter to Secretary of State William M. Gardner. But, â€œSerious and credible reports, allegations, and rumors have surfaced in the past few daysâ€¦It is imperative that these questions be addressed in the interest of public confidence in the integrity of the election process and the election machinery â€“ not just in New Hampshire, but in every other state that conducts a primary election.â€
Also, the reports, allegations, and rumors regarding possible vote-count irregularities have been further fueled by the stunning disparities between various â€œindependentâ€ pre-election polls and the actual election results,” Kucinich wrote. “The integrity, credibility, and value of independent polling are separate issues, but they appear to be relevant in the context of New Hampshireâ€™s votes.”
He added, â€œEver since the 2000 election â€“ and even before â€“ the American people have been losing faith in the belief that their votes were actually counted. This recount isnâ€™t about who won 39% of 36% or even 1%. Itâ€™s about establishing whether 100% of the voters had 100% of their votes counted exactly the way they cast them.â€
Kucinich, who drew about 1.4% of the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote, wrote, â€œThis is not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy. It is about the integrity of the election process.â€ No other Democratic candidate, he noted, has stepped forward to question or pursue the claims being made.
â€œNew Hampshire is in the unique position to address â€“ and, if so determined, rectify â€“ these issues before they escalate into a massive, nationwide suspicion of the process by which Americans elect their President. Based on the controversies surrounding the Presidential elections in 2004 and 2000, New Hampshire is in a prime position to investigate possible irregularities and to issue findings for the benefit of the entire nation,â€ Kucinich wrote in his letter.
â€œWithout an official recount, the voters of New Hampshire and the rest of the nation will never know whether there are flaws in our electoral system that need to be identified and addressed at this relatively early point in the Presidential nominating process,â€ said Kucinich, who is campaigning in Michigan this week in advance of next Tuesdayâ€™s Presidential primary in that state.