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For Immediate Release
Recounts Completed in House Districts 27 and 91
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Friday that recounts of results from the November General Election in House Districts 27 and 91 have been conducted and completed under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.
At the conclusion of the recount in House District 27, Earl Richardson (R) of Greenville remained the winner by a margin of 88 votes. Sharon Libby Jones (D) of Greenville requested the recount after preliminary results from Election Day indicated he lost the election. The recount determined that 2,649 votes were cast for Richardson, while 2,561 were cast for Libby Jones.
In the House District 91 recount, Arlan Jodrey (D) of Bethel remained the winner by a margin of 56 votes. Timothy Carter (D) of Bethel requested the recount after preliminary results from Election Day indicated he lost the election. The recount determined that 2,727 votes were cast for Jodrey, while 2,671 were cast for Carter.
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 completed, continued and upcoming recounts and scheduling information accompanies this press release.
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.