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June 22, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary of State Announces Outcome of Tuesday's
Legislative Primary Election Recounts

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Tuesday that the recount in House District 81’s Democratic Primary Election between Rodney C. Jennings and John D. Wakefield has been concluded. As a result of the recount, which was conducted under the supervision of staff from the Department of the Secretary of State, Mr. Jennings remained the winner. During the recount, his vote total increased by one vote (from 327 on Election Day to 328). Mr. Wakefield’s vote total of 324 remained the same as on Election Day. Both candidates agreed to the outcome of Tuesday’s recount.

A recount in House District 137’s Democratic Primary Election between Richard E. Rhames and Alan M. Casavant was conducted Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Rhames’ vote total was 440 on Election Day and 437 as a result of the recount. Mr. Casavant’s vote total was 435 on Election Day and remained the same as a result of the recount. Three (3) disputed ballots remain. They will be sent to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for a determination. The candidates will await the Court’s ruling.

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.

The fifth of six scheduled recounts will take place Wednesday, June 23rd. House District 53’s Republican Primary Election between Billie G. Willard and Heather B. Beasley will be recounted beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta .