A recount has been scheduled in the Republican primary race for Congressional District 1, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced June 22.

Candidate Ande Allen Smith of North Yarmouth submitted his formal request for the recount Friday, June 17, based upon the unofficial preliminary results of the election, which showed a difference of 55 votes between Smith and candidate Mark I. Holbrook of Brunswick.

Smith received 10,298 votes to 10,353 for Holbrook.

The recount is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 28, at 9 a.m. in the Florian Room of the Maine Department of Public Safety Building, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta.

The first Congressional District includes 118 towns in the counties of Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, York and part of Kennebec. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Recounts are a public proceeding in which 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.

The Congressional District 1 recount is expected to take three to four days to complete. Results of the recount will be posted on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State website, Twitter account and Facebook page and released to the media via email.

State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recount and keep them in a secure State Police facility until the recount has been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.

Maine law regarding the recount procedure is available for review online at mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/21-A/title21-Asec737-A.html.