Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Via Zemblan patriot K.Z.: We mentioned over the weekend that Ralph Nader had requested a recount in New Hampshire, and the Washington Post is now reporting that, if the check clears, he'll get one:
"We have received reports of irregularities in the vote reported on the AccuVote Diebold Machines in comparison to exit polls and trends in voting in New Hampshire," Nader wrote Secretary of State William M. Gardner. "These irregularities favor President George W. Bush by 5% to 15% over what was expected."Our venerated colleague Avedon Carol directs your attention to a series of election stories by Robert Parry of Consortium News: "Evidence of a Second Bush Coup," "Bush's 'Incredible' Vote Tallies," and "Explaining Ourselves" -- a followup article offering "a fuller explanation of why we see a broken system that threatens to turn the United States into a democratic republic in name only."
New Hampshire uses Diebold machines at 132 polling places. Gardner's office received Nader's fax at 4:59 p.m. Friday, one minute before the deadline. Under state law, if a candidate requesting a recount finished more than three percentage points behind, he must pay for the process. Gardner said that if the Nader campaign sends a check for $2,000 and promises to pay any additional charges, he will round up the ballots and initiate a hand count.
Spokesman Kevin Zeese said Nader was planning to send the check yesterday. "Either it will allay people's fears about the results, or it will open the door to looking at other states," Zeese said.