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June 23, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary of State Gwadosky Announces Outcome of
House District 53 Republican Primary Recount

AUGUSTA , MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky has announced that the recount of House District 53's Republican Primary Election between Billie G. Willard and Heather B. Beasley was completed Wednesday afternoon at the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta .

As a result of the recount, which was conducted under the supervision of staff from the Department of the Secretary of State, Billie Willard remained the winner. Her recount vote total was 410. Her vote total on Election Day was 413. Heather Beasley's recount vote total was 370. Her Election Day vote total was 382. Both candidates signed off on the outcome of Wednesday's recount.

“Recounts are vital to the health and vitality of our democracy. They depend on the involvement and effort of many individuals. I want to thank the candidates and their representatives, as well as election officials and the Maine State Police, for the role they play in conducting thorough and professional recounts,” 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.

The last of six scheduled recounts will take place Thursday, June 24 th , beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta . Uncontested Democratic Primary write-in candidate Kim M. Bagley requested a recount of ballots in Senate District 29. Her vote total on Election Day was 173; a minimum of 200 votes was required for placement on the General Election ballot in November.