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 Tuesday's election because of "unexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted ballots."There is legitimate concern here, and I applaud Rep. Kucinich for having the balls to at the very least suggest that an investigation take place. These are the sorts of things Gore and Kerry could have done when they were running. No doubt he's going to be chastised as some kind of conspiracy nut or sore loser, but isn't it admirable that he would do what he thinks is right, regardless of how others will view him? Makes me wish front-runners had the same attitude.
"I am not making this request in the expectation that a recount will significantly affect the number of votes that were cast on my behalf," Kucinich stressed in a letter to Secretary of State William M. Gardner. But, "Serious and credible reports, allegations, and rumors have surfaced in the past few days...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 - not just in New Hampshire, but in every other state that conducts a primary election."
I'm not saying that I necessarily believe that there was vote fraud with the optical voting machines, especially considering that I just made a lengthy post about how I think the old-guard feminist vote scored Hillary her win. But the numbers are suspect, and it's not like accusations against privatized voting machines are anything new, and the numbers are indeed a bit suspect, even on the Republican side.