Monday, November 15, 2004

Recount '04

David Cobb (Green Party) and Michale Badnarik (Libertarian Party) have joined their efforts in raising money for a full state-wide recount of Ohio. In just 4 days the two presidential candidates have raise over $150,000, well over the $115,000 needed to pay all applicable fees. They are currently continuing to raise money to support the workers and volunteers who will be involved in the recount effort.

This news closely follows Ralph Nader's (Reform Party) announcement that he is having New Hampshire's ballots recounted. These recounts come as a result of reports involving machine error, human error, tampering, and intimidation. No party has expressed any desire to overturn the election results, but to ensure that every voter has their vote counted. In a letter from this past August, Walden W. O'Dell, CEO of Diebold, said that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes" to Bush. Cobb and Badnarik have asked Ohio's Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, to recuse himself from the recount effort due to Blackwell being the head of President Bush's Ohio campaign/reelection activities.

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