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For Immediate Release
Recounts Completed in House District 113 and Senate District 32
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Wednesday that recounts of results from the November General Election in House District 113 and Senate District 32 have been conducted and completed under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.
At the conclusion of the recount in House District 113, which took place Tuesday afternoon and evening, John Brautigam (D) of Falmouth remained the winner by a margin of 55 votes. David Elowitch (R) of Portland requested the recount after preliminary results from Election Day indicated he lost the election. The recount determined that 2,634 votes were cast for Brautigam, while 2,579 were cast for Elowitch.
In the Senate District 32 recount, Joe Perry (D) of Bangor remained the winner by a margin of 280 votes. Tom Sawyer (R) of Bangor requested the recount after preliminary results from Election Day indicated he lost the election. The recount determined that 9,636 votes were cast for Perry, while 9,356 were cast for Sawyer.
All seventeen General Election recounts are being 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 staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally. Recounts are requested based upon the unofficial initial results.
If a recount produces enough disputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, the Maine House of Representatives would determine which candidate to seat in House races. The Maine State Senate would determine which candidate to seat in State Senate races. The Supreme Judicial Court would make a determination in County races.
A list of all recounts and scheduling information accompanies this press release. Recounts in House Districts 42 and 43, which began Friday, have been continued unthil later this week. The same is true for the recount of House District 139, which started on Monday.
Recount Requests and Schedule
NOTE: The first candidate listed in each race was the apparent losing candidate on Election Day--based on unofficial results--and is therefore the candidate who requested the recount.