Tuesday, November 16, 2004

New Hampshire Recount Probably Won't Begin Until Late November

[UPDATED: AP announces some NH counties will begin recounts this Thursday, acc. to The Brad Blog]

By KATHARINE WEBSTER
Associated Press Writer,
in Guardian, Tuesday November 16, 2004 6:01 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is about to become a test case for the accuracy of optical scan vote-counting machines because third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader has asked for a recount.

The request covers 11 of the state's 126 precincts that use Diebold Inc.'s Accuvote optical scanning machines to count paper ballots. Depending on the results, his campaign could ask for recounts in other states, spokesman Kevin Zeese said Monday.

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Backers urged Nader to request a recount after a statistical analysis posted on the Internet appeared to show that some New Hampshire precincts using the Accuvote machines gave President Bush up to 15 percent more votes than had been expected on the basis of exit polls and the 2000 presidential vote.

Claims of vote fraud are ``spreading like wildfire around the Internet, and if it keeps going people are going to be suspicious always, so why not check it out?'' Zeese said.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner has not set a date for the recount. His office is recounting state Senate and House races through Nov. 23, so the recount is unlikely to begin until after Thanksgiving.

Ida Briggs, a Michigan software developer and database manager who did the statistical analysis, said she found that precincts using the Accuvote machines deviated from the expected voting trend more often and by larger margins than those using a different optical scanning system or hand-counting.

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