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Kerry would guarantee accountability of voting results
By Anne Saunders, Associated Press Writer, 12/28/2003
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said Sunday that if elected he would appoint a legal team to ensure the fairness of the American electoral process.
"I intend to have a legal team in place that will guarantee us that there will be no question at all (about accurate voting results)," he said at a campaign stop.
"The second thing I intend to do is to win by enough votes that it ain't gonna matter," he said, refering to the close vote in Florida during the 2000 election.
In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote by half a million votes nationally but conceded to Republican George Bush after a 36-day recount in Florida ended without a resolution and prompted a 5-4 Supreme Court vote against him.
The Massachusetts senator was responding to a question from Vi Cookson, a Manchester woman who said she worries that Democratic voters are being turned away from the polls and that voting machines are being manipulated.