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For Immediate Release
November 10, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Recounts Completed for House Districts 56 and 41

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Wednesday that recounts resulting from the November General Election for House Districts 41 and 56 were conducted today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office. After a recount held this morning for House District 56, Kimberly Davis (R) of Augusta remained the winner by a margin of 13 votes after the ballots were recounted. Darek Grant (D) of Augusta requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed him to have lost the election. The recount determined that 2,261 votes were cast for Davis, while 2,248 were cast for Grant.

In the recount completed this afternoon for House District 41, Kenneth Lindell (R) of Frankfort remained the winner by a margin of 52 votes after the ballots were recounted. Kent Price (D) of Orland requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed him to have lost the election. The recount determined that 2,502 ballots were cast for Lindell, while 2,449 ballots were cast for Price.

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.

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 trailing. If, during the recount, the candidate requesting the recount overtakes 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 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 listing of all recounts and scheduling information accompanies this press release. Recounts will not occur on Thursday, Veterans Day. They will continue on Friday, November 12, with a recount of House District 43 at 9:00 a.m., followed by House District 42 at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Recount Requests and Schedule

Office
District
Candidate (Party)
Unofficial Results
Official
Results
Recount
Date/Time
Senate
32

Sawyer (R)

Perry (D)

9,291

9,589

 
Wednesday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m.
House
27

Jones (D)

Richardson (R)

2,564

2,643

 

Friday, November 19th at 9:00 a.m.

House
41

Price (D)

Lindell (R)

2,458

2,489

2,449

2,501

Completed
House
42

Brooks (D)

Kaelin (R)

2,293

2,299

 
Friday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m.
House
43

Ash (D)

Giles (R)

2,559

2,572

 
Friday, November 12th
at 9:00 a.m.
House
49

Evangelos (D)

Richardson (R)

2,284

2,410

 
Monday, November 15th at 3:45 p.m.
House
56

Grant (D)

Davis (R)

2,237

2,255

2,248

2,261

Completed
House
67

Hobart (R)

Hutton (D)

2,487

2,527

 
Monday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m.
House
82

MacDonald (D)

Flood (R)

2,581

2,670

  Thursday, November 18th at 3:30 p.m.
House
89

Harvell (R)

Mills (D)

2,232

2,297

  Thursday, November 18th at 12:30 p.m.
House
91

Carter (D)

Jodrey (R)

2,664

2,720

  Friday, November 19th at 1:00 p.m.
House
113

Elowitch (R)

Brautigam (D)

2,575

2,633

  Tuesday, November 16th at 1:00 p.m.
House
139

Jacobsen (R)

McAlevey (D)

2,365

2,378

  Monday, November 15th at 9:00 a.m.
House
142

Boland (D)

Bowles (R)

2,189

2,268

  Tuesday, November 16th at 9:00 a.m.
House
146

Scharff (D)

Brown (R)

2,446

2,531

  Thursday, November 18th at 8:30 a.m.
SOM Cty Comm
District 2

Roy (R)

Libby (D)

4,466

4,471

  Wednesday, November 22nd at 8:30 a.m.
WAS Cty Comm
District 2

Goodwin (D)

Gardner (R)

2,673

2,725

  Wednesday, November 22nd at 1:30 p.m.