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."




"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."




He added, "Ever since the 2000 election &

and even before &

the American people have been losing faith in the belief that their votes were actually counted. This recount isn't about who won 39 percent of 36 percent or even — percent. It's about establishing whether 100 percent of the voters had 100 percent of their votes counted exactly the way they cast them."




Kucinich, who drew about 1.4 percent of the New Hampshire Democratic primary vote, wrote, "This is not about my candidacy or any other individual candidacy. It is about the integrity of the election process."




No other Democratic candidate, he noted, has stepped forward to question or pursue the claims being made.