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For Immediate Release
November 18, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Update on Senate District 16
Recount to continue on Tuesday, November 19th

AUGUSTA--The recount resulting from the November General Election began today for Senate District 16 under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office. Currently, a 9-vote margin separates Christopher G. L. Hall (D) of Bristol and Leslie T. Fossel (R) of Alna. The recount determined that 8,842 ballots were cast for Hall and 8,833 ballots were cast for Fossel, with 163 ballots remaining in dispute. The candidates have agreed to return on Tuesday, November 19th at 9:00 a.m. to review and resolve the disputed ballots. The final result may be decided by the Maine Senate, if the candidates do not resolve the recount by agreement. This procedure is set forth in the Maine Constitution.

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

Office
District
Candidate (Party)

Unofficial
Results

Official
Results
Recount
Date/Time
Senate
6

Charles D. Fisher (D) of Brewer

Edward M. Youngblood (R) of Brewer

7,306

7,893

 

TBA

 

Senate
16

Leslie T. Fossel (R) of Alna

Christopher G. L. Hall (D) of Bristol

8,896

8,898

 

To Continue
November 19th
at 9:00 a.m.

Senate
24

Bruce Bryant (D) of Dixfield

Robert A. Cameron (R) of Rumford

6,844

6,799

6,834

6,822

Thursday
November 14th
at 9:00 a.m.

House
65

Arlan R. Jodrey (R) of Bethel

Shirley M. Powell (D) of Hanover

1.786

1,734

 
Friday
November 22nd
at 1:00 p.m.
House
80

Elaine Fuller (D) of Manchester

Stanley A. Moody (R) of Manchester

2,152

2,154

 
Wednesday
November 20th
at 9:00 a.m.
House
81

Maitland E. Richardson (R) of Skowhegan

Richard H. C. Tracy (D) of Rome

1,572

1,569

 
Friday
November 22nd
at 9:00 a.m.
House
101

Edward D. Finch (D) of Fairfield

William J. Hagerty (R) of Fairfield

1,344

1,322

1,353

1,321

Friday
November 15th
at 1:30 p.m.
House
106

Neil L. Farrington (R) of China

Judd D. Thompson (D) of China

1,613

1,678

1,617

1,686

Friday
November 15th
at 9:00 a.m.
House
111

Sharon Libby Jones (D) of Greenville

Earl E. Richardson (R) of Greenville

1,677

1,705

 
Wednesday
November 20th
at 1:00 p.m.
House
133

Christopher Paul Cambron (R) of Jonesport

Edward Pellon (D) of Machias

Kim M. Bagley (D) of Machias (write-in)

724

836

671

 

TBA

District
Attorney 7

Steven A. Juskewitch (R) of Dedham (write in)

Michael E. Povich (R) of Ellsworth

3,676

22,948

TBA