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For Immediate Release
Recount to Begin on Monday
AUGUSTA--The Secretary of State's Office will be conducting the recount for District Attorney in Prosecutorial District 7--Washington and Hancock Counties beginning on Monday, December 2, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., continuing on Tuesday, December 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (if necessary).
The recount will be conducted in a secure State Police building on Hospital Street in Augusta. Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the media and public may attend to observe. State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recounts and keep them in the secured 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.
A person requesting a recount may be required by law to make a deposit, depending on the margin of victory in the election. For example, if the margin between the two candidates in an election is less than 2% of the votes cast, then no deposit is required. If the margin is 2% to 4%, then a $500 deposit is required. If the margin is greater than 4%, then a $1,000 deposit is required.
In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and the staff of the Division of Elections manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally. Recounts are requested based upon the unofficial initial results, sometimes called the apparent results.
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, during the recount, the candidate requesting the recount overtakes the candidate who initially appeared to win the election, the candidate requesting the recount may not withdraw the request.
Disputed ballots in county races are referred to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for a final determination of the election if there are enough disputed ballots to affect the outcome.