Secretary of State gives candidates estimate of re-count cost

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New Hampshire’s Secretary of State’s office has given Albert Howard an estimated cost to re-count last week’s Republican presidential primary: $55,600, or 24 cents per ballot.

Howard, who received 44 votes, requested the re-count last week.

In a letter to Howard yesterday, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said the office needs a certified check by today at 3 p.m. for the re-count to proceed.

Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich, who received less than 2 percent of the Democratic vote, has requested a re-count of his party’s primary ballots. While the Secretary of State’s office has not released the estimated cost of that re-count, at 24 cents per ballot it would be about $70,000.

There was no word from either campaign whether they expected to continue.

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