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June 19, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Announces Results of House District 107 Democratic Primary Recount

Augusta- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced the results of a ballot recount in the House District 107 Democratic Primary Election held June 10, 2008. Preliminary Election Night counts indicated a tie between two candidates.

“The recount results indicate 484 ballots cast for Melissa Walsh Innes, and 482 ballots cast for Kimberly A. McLaughlin,” Dunlap said. “While this recount indicates a two vote margin of victory for Ms. Innes, there are a total of three ballots which are being disputed. One ballot is disputed by McLaughlin, and two are disputed by Innes. Exactly who these disputed ballots have been cast for is now up to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to decide.”

Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn, who oversees the Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions, says her office will contact Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court. “We will make arrangements to transfer the three disputed ballots, along with any other supporting documentation the Court wishes to have available for review, into the Court’s custody," Flynn said. She continued, “Once they take possession of the disputed ballots, the Court can make one of three possible determinations with regard to each one: either the ballot was cast for Innes, cast for McLaughlin, or it was cast for neither of the two.”

The recount was held today at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Augusta. The proceedings were observed by both candidates and their legal counsel.