A close race in the Senate District 24 Democratic primary is going to a recount.

Denise Tepler

A recount was requested in the race, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced Friday. Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election showed Denise Tepler, a former state representative from Topsham, beating Jean Guzzetti, a law student and mother from Bath, 1,822-1,798, a difference of 24 votes.

Senate District 24 encompasses Sagadahoc County, plus the Lincoln County town of Dresden.

Because of the slight margin of victory in the race, no deposit is required for the losing candidate to request a recount, according to state law.

The recount is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 13, in Augusta.

Jean Guzzetti

The ballots will be retrieved by members of law enforcement from the Department of the Secretary of State’s Enforcement Services Division and delivered to the recount site, where they are stored in a secured room. All ballots are stored in tamper-proof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.

Recounts are public proceedings in which the representatives of each candidate and staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State manually review each paper ballot to determine the official vote tally.

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