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For Immediate Release
November 20, 2000
Contact:  Dan Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Recounts Completed for House Districts 137 and 148

AUGUSTA--Two recounts resulting from the November General Election were heldtoday forHouse Districts 137 and 148. The final result of a recount conductedthismorning for House District 137 may be decided by the Maine House ofRepresentatives, if the candidates do not resolve the recount by agreement. Currently a 7-vote margin separates Anita P. Haskell (R) of Milford andLauraJ. Sanborn (D) of Alton with 12 ballots in dispute as to voter intent,amongother issues. Since there were enough disputed ballots to affect theelectionresult, unless the candidates resolve the election by agreement,the matterwill be referred to the Maine House of Representatives who willreview thedisputed ballots and resolve the election outcome. This procedureis setforth in the Maine Constitution. The recount determined that 1,996ballotswere cast for Ms. Haskell, while 1,989 ballots were cast for Ms.Sanborn.

In the recount completed this afternoon for House District 148, Florence T. Young (R) of Limestone remained the winner by a margin of 13 votes after the ballots were recounted. Wade E. McLaughlin (D) of Limestone requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed him to have lost the election.

All recounts are conducted in a secure State Police building on HospitalStreet in Augusta. Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the mediamay attend to observe. State law requires the State Police to collect theballots for the recounts and keep them in the secured State Police facilityuntilthe recounts have been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproofmetal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals andlocks.

A person requesting a recount may be required by law to make a deposit, depending on the margin of victory in the election. For example, if the margin between the two candidates in an election is less than 2 % of the votes cast, then no deposit is required. If the margin is 2 % to 4%, then a $500 depositis required. If the margin is greater than 4 %, then a $1,000 deposit isrequired.

In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and the staff of theDivision of Elections manually review each ballot to determine the officialvote tally. Recounts are requested based upon the unofficial initial results,sometimes called the apparent 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 did not win the election. 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.

An updated list of all recounts requested is attached. The deadline for requesting recounts was by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2000.


Recount Requests and Schedule

Office/ 
District 
  Candidate(Party)
Unofficial 
Recount 
Official 
Results 
 Results
Date/Time
Senate 11 Susan W. Longley (D) of Liberty
John A. Ford, Sr.  (R) of Brooks 
  9,846
  9,783
  9,928
  9,815
Thursday
Nov. 16
9 a.m.

Senate

 


23

 

Betheda G. Edmonds (D) of Freeport
David P. Snow (R) of Yarmouth
  8,671
  8,589
  8,773
  8,614
Wednesday
Nov. 15
9 a.m.
House 56 John C. Harris (R) of South Bristol
Christopher G. Hall (D)of Bristol
  2,731
  2,724
  2,694
  2,716
Tuesday
Nov. 14
1 p.m.

House        
 
72 Thomas F. Shields (R) of Auburn
Stanley L. Tetenman (D)of Auburn
  2,275
  2,142

Tuesday
Nov. 21
9 a.m.
House 98 Paul R. Hatch (D) of Skowhegan
David G. Summers (R) of Skowhegan
  1,293
  1,274
  1,307
  1,279
Friday
Nov. 17
9 a.m.
House 122 Peter D. Chase (R) of Levant
Daniel B. Williams (D) of Orono
  2,329
  2,312
  2,314
  2,305
Friday
Nov. 17
1 p.m.
House 137 Anita P. Haskell (R) of Milford
Laura J. Sanborn (D) of Alton
  2,003
  1,968

Monday 
Nov. 20
9 a.m.
House 144 Jacqueline A. Lundeen (D)of Mars Hill 
Margaret L. Niblett (R)of Easton
  1,822
  1,799
  1,824
  1,799
Tuesday 
Nov. 14
9 a.m.
House 148 Florence T.Young (R) of Limestone
Wade E. McLaughlin (D) of Limestone
  380
  372
   388
   375

Monday 
Nov. 20
1 p.m.
House  151 Marc Michaud (D) of Fort Kent 
Troy D. Jackson(R) of Allagash 
  2,062 
  1,956

   Tuesday
    Nov.21
    1p.m.

Updates and results of the recounts will be available throughout the recount process by calling 626-8406.