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June 22, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Recount Completed in House District 42 Democratic Primary

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Thursday that the recount resulting from the June 13, 2006 Democratic Primary Election in House District 42 was conducted today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.  The recount determined that Donna M. Gilbert received 237 votes, and Joseph E. Brooks received 189 votes.  The unofficial vote total on election night indicated 224 votes for Brooks and 215 for Gilbert.

All recounts are conducted at the Maine State Police Operations Center at the Central Maine Commerce Center 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.

A second recount will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2006.  It will involve Androscoggin County Sheriff Democratic primary candidates Guy P. Desjardins and Ronald B. Gagnon.  Unofficial election totals indicated that Mr. Desjardins received 2143 votes and Mr. Gagnon received 2073 votes.

During a recount, representatives for each candidate and staff members of the state’s Elections Division manually review each ballot to determine if the initial tabulation in the election is correct.  The candidates may revise the election results based on the recount and by their mutual agreement.