WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Strange bedfellows and former presidential rivals from the Green and Libertarian parties joined Thursday to demand a recount of presidential ballots in Ohio.
"Due to widespread reports of irregularities in the Ohio voting process, we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio presidential vote," Green Party candidate David Cobb and Libertarian candidate Michael Bednarik said in a joint statement.
" ... We must protect the rights of the people of Ohio, as well as all Americans, and stand up for the right to vote and the right for people's votes to be counted," they said. "The integrity of the democratic process is at stake."
The former candidates also called on Ohio's Republican Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, to recuse himself from the recount. Blackwell chaired President Bush's Ohio campaign.
Blackwell's office could not be reached for comment late Thursday.