Secretary of State schedules two primary recounts

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced two recounts Tuesday from the June 10 primary election.

Two requests were filed by the deadline and the Secretary of State's office has scheduled them. The first recount will be the Democratic primary contest in House District 50, which officials will recount on June 18 at 1:00 p.m. The other recount is for Senate District 33, which officials will recount on June 19 at 10:00 a.m. Both recounts will take place at the Department of Public Safety building in Augusta.

Both requested recounts are for races where the margin is smaller than 50 votes. In the House District 50 Democratic primary, Ralph Tucker led Jacqueline Sartoris by a margin of 442 votes to 432 votes. In the Senate District 33 Democratic primary, John Tuttle led Andrea Boland by a margin of 841 votes to 821 votes. Under Maine law, if the margin of defeat is less than 2 percent, the candidate can request a free recount.

After candidates file a written recount request, the Secretary of State and Maine State Police work to retrieve the sealed ballot boxes and other election materials. The Maine State Police Headquarters secures the materials until the official recount. The candidates provide the recounting teams, which the Secretary of State supervises. Once the recount is completed, the candidates can either agree on the result or file an appeal with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.


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