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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Third and Fourth Legislative Recounts Completed
Outcome Unchanged in House Districts 44 and 39
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Wednesday that recounts of results from the General Election in House Districts 44 and 39 were conducted and completed today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.
At the conclusion of the recount in House District 44, Robert P. Walker (R) of Lincolnville remained the winner. Peter P. Misluk, Jr. (D) of Searsmont requested the recount after preliminary unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he lost the election. The recount determined that 2,118 votes were cast for Walker, while 2,100 were cast for Misluk.
At the conclusion of the recount in House District 39, Brian M. Duprey (R) of Hampden remained the winner. David Anderson Higgins (D) of Hampden requested the recount after preliminary unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he lost the election. The recount determined that 2,232 votes were cast for Duprey, while 2,214 were cast for Higgins.
All recounts are conducted at the Department of Public Safety headquarters on Commerce Drive in Augusta. Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the media may observe. State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recounts and keep them in the secure 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.
November 2006 Recount Schedule
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