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For Immediate Release
November 19, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Update on Senate District 16 Recount

AUGUSTA--The recount resulting from the November General Election continued today for Senate District 16 under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office. After the recount and review of disputed ballots, a 9-vote margin separates Christopher G. L. Hall (D) of Bristol and Leslie T. Fossel (R) of Alna. The recount determined that 8,893 ballots were cast for Hall and 8,884 ballots were cast for Fossel, with 63 ballots remaining in dispute and 4 additional ballots that were challenged on Election Day.

The recount began on November 18th. The candidates returned on Tuesday, November 19th to review and resolve the ballots that remained in dispute at the end of Monday's recount. Since there are sufficient ballots in dispute to determine the outcome of the election, the recount may be referred to the Maine Senate to decide the final result 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

 

Wed. & Thu.
November 18,19
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