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June 24, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary of State Gwadosky Announces Outcome of
Senate District 29 Democratic Primary Write-In Recount

AUGUSTA , MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky has announced that the recount in Senate District 29's uncontested Democratic Primary Election involving write-in candidate Kim Bagley was completed Thursday afternoon at the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta . On Election Day, the write-in vote total for Kim Bagley was 173. A minimum of 200 votes were needed for placement on the November 2, 2004 General Election ballot.

During the recount of 279 Democratic Primary Election ballots in Senate District 29 that were marked in some way, Kim Bagley and her representative identified 211 as having votes for her. Those 211 ballots, along with the remaining 68 that were not identified as having potential votes for Kim Bagley, will now be sent to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for a review and determination. Kim Bagley signed off on the recount, and will await the Court's ruling.

“With all six Primary Election recounts having now been completed, I want to express my appreciation to everyone who played a role in this important process. The Maine State Police deserve recognition for their involvement, as well as state and local election officials, and the candidates themselves. These recounts have been conducted in a thorough and professional manner thanks to the efforts and cooperation of all involved,” 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 .