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June 21, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Secretary of State Dunlap Announces Primary Election Recount Schedule

AUGUSTA , MAINE Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap outlined the schedule of the June 13th Primary Election recounts on Wednesday. He explained that candidates had until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 to formally request a recount. One legislative primary election race will be recounted as well as one county Sheriff race. All recounts will be held at the Maine State Police Operations Center at the Central Maine Commerce Center in Augusta.

The first recount will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2006. It will involve House District 42 Democratic primary candidates Joseph E. Brooks and Donna M. Gilbert. Unofficial election totals indicated that Mr. Brooks received 224 votes and Ms. Gilbert received 215 votes.

The second recount will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2006. It will involve Androscoggin County Sheriff Democratic primary candidates Guy P. Desjardins and Ronald B. Gagnon. Unofficial election totals indicated that Mr. Desjardins received 2143 votes and Mr. Gagnon received 2073 votes.

As required by Maine law, the ballots were sealed in special security containers in each community on election night. The State Police have collected all ballot boxes from each community involved in the two upcoming recounts. They will be kept in a secure State Police facility until the recounts.  Recounts are a public proceeding, but the number of observers is limited by the size of the recount site.

During a recount, representatives for each candidate and staff members of the state's Elections Division manually review each ballot to determine if the initial tabulation in the election is correct. The candidates may revise the election results based on the recount and by their mutual agreement.

A candidate who requests and receives a recount may withdraw from the recount, thus ending the process, at any time while the recount shows that candidate did not win the election. If, however, the candidate requesting the recount overtakes and passes the candidate who initially appeared to win the election, the candidate requesting the recount may not withdraw the request.

If a recount produces enough disputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court shall review the disputed ballots and will determine the outcome of the election.