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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2010
Contact:  Matthew Dunlap
207-626-8400

Secretary of State Announces District Attorney District 7 Recount Results

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced today that a recount of results from the General Election in the District Attorney District 7 race was conducted and completed today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.

At the conclusion of the recount in the District Attorney District 7 race, Carletta M. Bassano (D) of Ellsworth remained the winner.  Matthew J. Foster (R) of Ellsworth requested the recount after unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he lost the election.  The recount determined that 14,223 votes were cast for Bassano, while 13,588 were cast for Foster.

All candidate recounts have now been completed.  There is one statewide ballot question recount remaining to be completed.  Details and scheduling information are noted in the table below.

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 preliminary 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 and in Statewide Referenda.

Updated Recount Schedule and Results

Office/Question
District
Candidate (Party)
Unofficial Results
Official Results

Recount Date/Time

Senate
7

Joseph C. Palmieri (R)

Lawrence Bliss (D)

9,097

9,163

9,097

9,172

Completed
House
37

Madeleine Gay Leach (R)

Ralph Chapman (D)

2,228

2,260

2,231

2,266

Completed

House
109

Gary C. Foster (R)

Anne P. Graham (D)

2,100

2,138

2,104

2,140

Completed
House
131

James D. Libby (R)

Robert M. Hunt (D)

2,058

2,094

2,073

2,131

Completed

 

District Attorney
7

Matthew Foster (R)

Carletta M. Bassano (D)

13,552

14,188

13,588

14,223

Completed
Waldo County Commissioner
1

Donald P. Berry, Sr. (R)

Betty I. Johnson (D)

2,879

2,887

2.881

2,883

Completed
Ballot Question 1
Yes
No
 
Thursday, December 2nd
at 9:00 a.m.

 

NOTE: The first candidate listed in each race was the apparent losing candidate on Election Day--based on unofficial results--and is therefore the candidate who requested the recount.