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June 20, 2008
Contact: Matt Dunlap

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Announces Results of Cumberland County Commission Recount

AUGUSTA—Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced the results of a ballot recount requested by Green Independent write-in candidate William S. Linnell of Portland. Linnell was seeking a write-in nomination for the Cumberland County Commission 1st District election in November.  The recount today only involved ballots from the Town of Yarmouth and resulted in no change to the number of votes.  Based on that, Mr. Linnell suspended the recount, and agreed to accept the Election Day results as reported by the municipalities.  The recount took place at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Augusta.

Write-in candidates for County Commission must have the support of 100 voters of their party to qualify for the general election ballot.  Linnell was found to have garnered 39 votes in the unofficial results from Election Night.  “I appreciate the ability to review this,” said Linnell. “It’s good to actually see it for myself.”

Dunlap noted that recounts are important to clarify questions about elections procedures and the tabulating process.  “Municipal clerks do a magnificent job in managing a complex process,” said Dunlap.  “Recounts offer an important validation of that fact.  Errors are rare, but possible, so the recount process is available to unsuccessful candidates who want to confirm the results of a close election.”

The Cumberland County Commission 1st District includes the towns of Yarmouth, Portland, Long Island, Chebeague Island, Cumberland and Falmouth