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For Immediate Release
November 7, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson
207-626-8404

Secretary of State’s Office Receives Four Recount Requests

Augusta- Four candidates for public office have submitted requests for recounts of ballots cast in their respective races on Tuesday, November 4. “Requests for a recount are not at all uncommon,” says Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. “Candidates have 5 business days after Election Day to ask for ballots to be recounted, and I expect we may receive additional recount requests prior to the November 12 deadline.”

Richard Burns of Berwick, the Democratic candidate in State Senate District 2 has requested a recount in the race against incumbent State Senator Richard Nass, a Republican from Acton. Unofficial preliminary results indicate Nass prevailed, 10,707 votes to 10,322 votes.

Incumbent Republican State Senator Lois Snowe-Mello of Poland has requested a recount in the race for State Senate in District 15 against Democratic challenger Deborah Simpson of Auburn. Unofficial preliminary results indicate Simpson prevailed, 10,019 votes to 9,917 votes.

Incumbent Republican State Senator Paula Benoit of Phippsburg has requested a recount in the race for State Senate in District 19 against Democratic challenger Seth Goodall of Richmond. Unofficial preliminary results indicate Goodall prevailed, 11,158 votes to 11,041 votes.

Charleen Chase, the Democratic candidate in the race for County Commissioner in Oxford County’s first district, has requested a recount in her contest with Steven Merrill, a Republican from Norway. Unofficial preliminary results indicate Merrill prevailed, with 5,376 votes to 5,351 votes.

The recount process is governed by State law, which can be viewed in its entirety here:
www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/21-A/title21-Asec737-A.html .

Recounts will be scheduled to begin with State Senate races. The first recounts will begin no sooner than Thursday, November 13, 2008.