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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Megan Sanborn
207-626-8405
November 13, 2012

 

Secretary of State’s Office Has Received Nine Candidate Recount Requests

AUGUSTA- Nine candidates for public office have submitted requests for recounts of ballots cast in their respective races on Tuesday, November 6. The deadline to request a recount is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.


All recounts will be 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 a 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 preliminary 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 and in Statewide Referenda.


The following candidate recounts have been requested:

Office

District

Candidate (Party)

Unofficial Results

Official
Results

Recount Date/Time

House
80

Rachel Sukeforth (D)

Melvin Newendyke (R)

2,454

2,459

Wednesday, November 14 at 8:30 am
House
127

Paul Aranson (D)

Amy F. Volk (R)

2,720

2,725

Wednesday, November 14 at 1:00 pm
House
94

Timothy G. Turner (R)

Teresea M. Hayes (D)

2,226

2,260

Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 pm
House
70

Bruce A. Bickford (R)

R. Wayne Werts (D)

2,266

2,268

Thursday, November 15 at 8:30 am
House
144

Daniel John Archambault (R)

William F. Noon (D)

2,379

2,398

Thursday, November 15 at 1:00 pm
House
109

Susan M. Austin (R)

Anne P Graham (D)

2,728

2,770

Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 pm
Senate
17

Colleen J. Quint (D)

Garrett Paul Mason (R)

9,719

9,766

Friday, November 16 at 9:00 am
House
45

R. Ryan Harmon (R)

Brian L. Jones (D)

2,219

2,252

To Be Determined
House
54

Susan E. Morissette (R)

Catherine M. Nadeau (D)

2,142

2,176

To Be Determined

 

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.


A complete schedule of recounts will be released when finalized.