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For Immediate Release
Recounts Completed for House Districts 49 and 67
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Monday that recounts of results from the November General Election in House Districts 49 and 67 were conducted and completed today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.
At the conclusion of the recount in House District 67, Deborah Hutton (D) of Bowdoinham remained the winner by a margin of 30 votes after the ballots were recounted. Brian Hobart (R) of Bowdoinham requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day indicated that he lost the election. The recount determined that 2,537 votes were cast for Hutton, while 2,507 were cast for Hobart .
In House District 49, Jeffrey Evangelos (D) of Friendship withdrew from the recount following a partial review of ballots. Preliminary results on Election Day indicated that he had lost the election. A candidate who requests a recount may withdraw from the process at any point while he/she is shown to be trailing. Wesley Richardson (R) of Warren remained the winner. The recount determined that 2,417 votes were cast for Richardson, while 2,302 were cast for Evangelos.
All recounts are 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 on Friday, have been continued until later this week. The same is true for the recount of House District 139, which started today.
Recount Requests and Schedule