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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Fifth Legislative Recount Completed -- House District 81

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Thursday that a recount of results from the General Election in House District 81 was conducted and completed today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office. A second recount—House District 43—is also scheduled for today.

At the conclusion of the recount in House District 81, L. Gary Knight (R) of Livermore Falls remained the winner. Clark L. Souther (D) of Livermore Falls requested the recount after unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he lost the election. The recount determined that 1,877 votes were cast for Knight, while 1,853 were cast for Souther.

All recounts are conducted at the Department of Public Safety headquarters on Commerce Drive in Augusta. Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the media may observe. State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recounts and keep them in the secure State Police facility until the recounts have been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.

In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally. Recounts are requested based upon the unofficial initial results.

If a recount produces enough disputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, the Maine House of Representatives would determine which candidate to seat in House races. The Maine State Senate would determine which candidate to seat in State Senate races. The Supreme Judicial Court would make a determination in County races.

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Updated November 2006 Recount Schedule

Office
District
Candidate (Party)
Unofficial
Results
Recount
Results
Recount
Date/Time
House
127

Babine (D)

McDonough (R)

2,096

2,145

2,108

2,151

Completed;
November 14th
House
128

Most (R)

Pendleton (D)

2,048

2,069

2,053

2,079

Completed;
November 14th
House
44

Misluk (D)

Walker (R)

2,075

2,085

2,100

2,118

Completed;
November 15th
House
39

Higgins (D)

Duprey (R)

2,209

2,231

2,214

2,232

Completed;
November 15th
House
81

Souther (D)

Knight (R)

1,861

1,871

1,853

1,877 

Completed;
November 16th
House
43

Ash (D)

Giles (R)

2,043

2,065

 
Thursday, November 16
at 1:00 p.m.
House
94

Hanley (R)

Hayes (D)

1,873

1,882

 
Friday, November 17
at 9:00 a.m.
House
7

Churchill (R)

Sutherland (D)

1,415

1,419

 
Friday, November 17
at 1:00 p.m.
House
102

Moore (R)

Shaw (D)

1,588

1,601

 
Monday, November 20
at 9:00 a.m.
House
91

Bessey (R)

Carter (D)

2,104

2,115

 
Monday, November 20
at 1:00 p.m.
House
55

Thompson (D)

Cotta (R)

1,809

1,825

 
Tuesday, November 21
at 9:00 a.m.
House
32

Prescott (D)

Emery (R)

1,621

1,670

 
Tuesday, November 21
at 1:00 p.m.
House
20

Hall (R)

Pratt (D)

2,065

2,097

 
Monday, November 27
at 9:00 a.m.
House
121

Duddy (R)

Dill (D)

2,256

2,432

 
Monday, November 27
at 1:00 p.m.
Knox
Cty
Comm
District
1

Carter (U)

Beebe-Center (D)

2,794

2,811

 
TBD
NOTE: The first candidate listed in each race was the apparent losing candidate on Election Day--based on
unofficial results--and is therefore the candidate who requested the recount.