Incumbent State Senator John Tuttle Declared Winner of Senate District 33 (York Co) Democratic Primary in Recount, 843-822
In the second of two election recounts requested post- June 10th primary (Ralph Tucker was announced as the winner of House District 50 yesterday), incumbent State Senator John L. Tuttle led challenger Representative Andrea M. Boland by a margin of 841 votes to 821 votes in the Senate District 33 Democratic primary. SD 33 formerly SD 3, was redistricted and now contains the towns of Cornish, Parsonfield, Limerick, Newfield, Waterboro, Shapleigh and Sanford. Sanford, which previously included seven wards, is now divided up into three precincts.
After re-examination of the ballots, Tuttle picked up 2 votes to Boland’s 1 additional vote and was declared the winner, 843-822. He will go on to face political newcomer Republican Adam McGee of Sanford in the November general election.
Each released statements immediately after the tallies were certified:
“I want to thank Representative Boland for running a great campaign and making me a better candidate,” said Senator Tuttle. “This election will be about who will be the best voice for working families in York County. I look forward to continuing to meet with and listen to voters in every community in this district.”
Representative Andrea Boland (D-Sanford), who was the second-place finisher, thanked her supporters.
“I congratulate Senator Tuttle for winning the primary,” Representative Boland said.
Some background information regarding recounts in Maine provided by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office recently reads:
- “Maine law requires that a recount must be requested before any ballot boxes can be retrieved or other procedures for a recount are initiated. There is no threshold for an automatic recount in Maine law.
Following the request for a recount, the Secretary of State works with the Maine State Police to retrieve the sealed ballot boxes and other election material from the municipal election officials of the affected precincts, and they are secured at the Maine State Police headquarters in Augusta. Candidates provide counting teams who are supervised by the Secretary of State, and candidates can have legal representation to help resolve issues around disputed ballots. Once the recount is complete, the candidates can agree to the result or, if the result remains in dispute, they would then appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for a resolution. In the general election, legislative disputes would be resolved by the Legislature.
Under Maine law, candidates who appear to have lost an election can request a recount in writing within five business days of the election. If the margin of defeat is less than 2%, then the candidate can request the recount free of charge. If the margin of defeat is greater than 2%, the law requires the candidate to pay a deposit that is refunded if the apparent result from Election Day is overturned. If the margin of defeat is greater than 2% but less than 4%, the deposit required is $500. If the margin is greater than 4% but less than 6%, the deposit is $1,000; the maximum deposit for a recount is $10,000 for margins of defeat to be recounted of 10% or greater.”