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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Legislative Recount Update
Completed — House District 91
Continued — House District 102

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that a recount of results from the General Election in House District 91 was conducted and completed on Monday. Secretary Dunlap also announced that a recount in House District 102 was continued until next Monday, while a recount for Knox County Commissioner District 1 was ongoing Monday evening.

At the conclusion of the recount in House District 91, Timothy A. Carter (D) of Bethel remained the winner. Nancy J. Bessey (R) of Dallas Plantation requested the recount after preliminary unofficial results from Election Day indicated that she lost the election. The recount determined that 2,173 votes were cast for Carter, while 2,116 were cast for Bessey.

After all ballots were reviewed in House District 102, Gary W. Moore (R) of Standish had 1,641 votes, while Michael A. Shaw (D) of Standish had 1,635 votes. The recount had been requested by Moore after unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he lost the election. The candidates have not signed off on the recount result, and plan to return to the recount process next Monday, November 27th.

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

2,049

2,067

Completed;
November 16th
House
94

Hanley (R)

Hayes (D)

1,873

1,882

1,883

1,898 

Completed;
November 17th
House
7

Churchill (R)

Sutherland (D)

1,415

1,419

 
CONTINUED;
Began on November 17
House
102

Moore (R)

Shaw (D)

1,588

1,601

 
CONTINUED;
Began on November 20
House
91

Bessey (R)

Carter (D)

2,104

2,115

2,116

2,173

Completed;
November 20
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

 
Monday, November 20
at 6:00 p.m.
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.