Maine Government News
Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Announces Senate District 20 Recount Results and Upcoming Recount Schedule
November 20, 2012
Secretary of State
Contact: Megan Sanborn (207)626-8405
AUGUSTA- Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced today that a recount of results from the General Election in Senate District 20 were conducted and completed yesterday under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.
At the conclusion of the recount in Senate District 20 Christopher K. Johnson (D) of Somerville remained the winner. Leslie T. Fossel (R) of Alna requested the recount after unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he had lost the election. The recount determined that 10,943 votes were cast for Johnson, while 10,772 were cast for Fossel.
Eleven candidate recounts have now been completed. There are three candidate recounts 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.
For most Up-dated Recount Results and Schedule : http://www.maine.gov/sos/news/2012/recountssenatedistrict20.html