AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced today that fourteen recounts were requested, one was withdrawn. All thirteen remaining recounts have now been completed and in all cases the winning side based on unofficial Election Day results continued to prevail.
In one closely watched race, Piscataquis County Commissioner, District 3, Frederick Y. Trask (R) of Pittsfield remained the winner. Donald J. Crossman (D) of Pittsfield requested the recount after unofficial results from Election Day indicated that he had lost the election. The recount determined that 1,282 votes were cast for Trask, while 1,271 votes were cast for Crossman.
Specific recount results are noted on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State's website.
All recounts were conducted at the Department of Public Safety headquarters on Commerce Drive in Augusta. According to a press release from the Secretary of State's office, ballot 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.
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