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For Immediate Release       
November 17, 2000          
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400
Recounts Completed for House Districts 98 and 122

AUGUSTA--Two recounts resulting from the November General Election were held today for House Districts 98 and 122.   In a recount completed this morning for House District 98, Paul R. Hatch (D) of Skowhegan remained the winner by a margin of 28 votes after the ballots were recounted under the supervision of the Secretary of State’s Office.  David G. Summers (R) of Skowhegan had requested the recount after the preliminary results from Election Day showed him to have lost the election. 

In the recount completed this afternoon for House District 122, Peter D. Chase (R) of Levant remained the winner by a margin of 9 votes after the ballots were recounted.  Daniel B. Williams (D) of Orono 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 Hospital Street 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 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 deposit is required.  If the margin is greater than 4 %, then a $1,000 deposit is required.

In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and the staff of the Division of Elections manually review each ballot to determine the official vote 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.

If a recount in a general election for the Maine House of Representatives produces enough disputed ballots to affect the election result, the House itself reviews the disputed ballots and resolves the election outcome.  This is also true for recounts affecting a Maine Senate seat.  This procedure is set forth in the Maine Constitution.

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
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
    1 p.m.

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