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June 18, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary of State Announces Outcome of First Recount and
Releases Updated Schedule for Remaining Recounts

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky has announced the results of Friday’s recount in the Senate District 23 Democratic Primary Election, and released an updated schedule for the remaining five recounts resulting from the June 8, 2004 Primary Election.

Following a recount of voted ballots under the supervision of staff from the Secretary of State’s office, Peter P. Misluk Jr. remained the winner in the Senate District 23 Democratic Primary. During the recount, his vote total increased by one (from 987 on Election Day to 988). His opponent, Wesley J. Rothermel, received one fewer vote as a result of the recount (from 953 on Election Day to 952). Both sides agreed to the outcome of Friday’s recount.

“Recounts are an important part of our system of checks and balances. They enable candidates and the public to view voted ballots, and play a role in ensuring fair and open elections in the State of Maine. Although recounts can be time-consuming, they serve a vital function in our democracy,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.

As required by Maine law, all ballots are sealed in special security containers in each community on election night. The State Police then collects all ballot boxes from each community involved in a recount. They are stored in a secure State Police facility until the time of the recount, which is conducted at the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta .

During a recount, representatives for each candidate and staff members of the state’s Elections Division manually review each ballot to determine if the initial tabulation in the election was correct. The candidates may revise the election results based on the recount and by their mutual agreement.

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, however, the candidate requesting the recount overtakes and passes the candidate who initially appeared to win the election, the candidate requesting the recount may not withdraw the request.

If a recount produces enough disputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court shall review the disputed ballots and will determine the outcome of the election.

An updated schedule for the remaining five (5) recounts follows this press release.

June 8, 2004 Primary Election Recount Schedule
Maine State Police Crime Lab

Augusta , Maine

DATE AND TIME DISTRICT CANDIDATE NAMES
TOTAL VOTE


Monday, June 21, 2004
9:00 a.m.


Senate District #20
Republican Primary


Dana L. Dow
Leslie T. Fossel


1871
1853


Tuesday, June 22, 2004
9:00 a.m.

House District #81
Democratic Primary

Rodney C. Jennings
John D. Wakefield

327
324

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
1:30 p.m.

House District #137
Democratic Primary

Richard E. Rhames
Alan M. Casavant

440
435

Wednesday, June 23, 2004
1:00 p.m.

House District #53
Republican Primary

Billie G. Willard
Heather B. Beasley

413
382

Not Yet Scheduled
(Planned for next week)

Senate District #29
Democratic Primary

Kim M. Bagley

173
  (Uncontested Write-In Race; 200 votes required for placement on General Election ballot.)

NOTE: Recounts with updated scheduling information are in bold type.