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Presidential ballots to be recounted

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN, Telegraph Staff
Excerpt: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004
CONCORD - Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader set in motion the hand-recounting of ballots in New Hampshire, wiring a mandatory, $2,000 deposit an hour before a state-imposed deadline Friday.
Nader has initially asked state election officials to count ballots in eight communities, including Litchfield and Pelham, but he has the right to a statewide recount as long as he pays the entire cost, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said.
Nader campaign manager Theresa Amato specified in a letter to Gardner what precincts should be counted first. “We are requesting that the state undertake this recount with these wards first. We look forward to working with you and are available to discuss the logistics at your earliest convenience to enable the recount to proceed as quickly as possible,’’ Amato wrote.
Gardner said it’s entirely up to Nader how extensive this review of the ballots will be once it has begun.
“There’s no such thing as a partial recount. The person making the request can decide to halt the recount at any point they choose, but this makes all ballots subject to a recount,’’ Gardner said.
The earliest this recount could begin is Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving Day. That’s because the next two weeks are already packed with more than a dozen recounts of legislative races.
The recount of votes in eight communities could take more than a day depending on how many teams of volunteers are assembled to help, Gardner said.

Computer glitch found in Franklin County ballot-counting

November 12, 2004 2:28 PM
BROOKVILLE, IND. -- A Democrat gained enough votes to bump a Republican from victory in a county council race after a recount prompted by a computer glitch in optical-scan voting.

The glitch in the Fidlar Election Co. vote-scanning system had recorded straight-Democratic Party votes for Libertarians, and vice versa.

When votes in southeastern Indiana's Franklin County were recounted by hand Thursday night, Democrat Carroll Lanning leaped from fifth to third in the three-seat at-large commissioners race and Republican Roy Hall fell to fifth.

Lanning gained 628 votes in the recount and beat Hall, 4,564 to 4,470, county Clerk Marlene Flaspohler said.

Fidlar confirmed the error on Wednesday, a day after Democrats raised questions about preliminary results that included a Libertarian candidate for Congress winning 7.7 percent of the vote in Franklin County. That was more than four times the percentage of votes he had won across the entire district.

No programming problems were found in Fidlar's optical scan Accuvote 2000 ES system, said Dana Pittman, an account manager for the Rock Island, Ill.-based company.

However, Fidlar also is verifying programming of its optical scan equipment in Wisconsin and Michigan, which, like Indiana, have straight-party voting, Vern Paddock of Fidlar technical support told the Palladium-Item of Richmond.