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For Immediate Release
Recount Completed for Senate District 24
AUGUSTA--The recount resulting from the November General Election was held today for Senate District 24 under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office. Bruce Bryant (D) of Dixfield remained the winner after the ballots were recounted by a margin of 12 votes. Robert A. Cameron (R) of Rumford had requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed him to have lost the election. The recount determined that 6,834 ballots were cast for Bryant, while 6,822 ballots were cast for Cameron.
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. The deadline for requesting recounts was by
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2002.
Recount Requests and Schedule
and results of the recounts will be available throughout the recount
process by calling 626-8406.