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For Immediate Release
Recounts Completed in House Districts 65 and 81
AUGUSTA--The recounts resulting from the November General Election for House Districts 65 and 81 were conducted today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office. After a recount held this morning for House District 81, Maitland E. Richardson (R) of Skowhegan remained the winner by a margin of 5 votes after the ballots were recounted. Richard H. C. Tracy (D) of Rome requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed him to have lost the election. The recount determined that 1,553 ballots were cast for Richardson, while 1,548 ballots were cast for Tracy.
In the recount completed this afternoon for House District 65, Arlan R. Jodrey (R) of Bethel remained the winner by a margin of 45 votes after the ballots were recounted. Shirley M. Powell (D) of Hanover requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed her to have lost the election. The recount determined that 1,796 ballots were cast for Jodrey, while 1,751 ballots were cast for Powell.
All recounts are conducted in a secure State Police building on Hospital Street in Augusta. Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the media 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.
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.
An updated recount
schedule is attached.
Recount Requests and Schedule