Senate District 20 results remain same following recount

Nov 21, 2012

Augusta — Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced Nov. 20 that a recount of results from the general election in Senate District 20 were conducted and completed No. 19 under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.

At the conclusion of the recount in Senate District 20 Christopher K. Johnson, a Democrat from Somerville, remained the winner. Republican Leslie T. Fossel 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.

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, Maine State Senate would determine which candidate to seat in State Senate races.

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