N.H. primary recount expected to begin this week

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New Hampshire’s Secretary of State’s office is preparing to begin a hand recount of all of the ballots cast in last week’s presidential primary, more than a half million pieces of paper.

Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich and long-shot Republican candidate Albert Howard of Michigan requested the recounts. Kucinich received nearly 4,000 votes. Howard got just 44 of out the 500,000 votes cast.

Secretary of state William Gardner is preparing an estimate of the recount’s cost, which the requesting candidates must pay before it will begin. He said he expects to start the recount on Wednesday.

Kucinich said he wants a recount because of what he called “serious and credible reports, allegations and rumors” about the integrity of the results.

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