124th Legislature

First Regular Session

Chapter 55

H.P. 809 - L.D. 1170

Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Report on the Accuracy of Election Results

Sec. 1. Secretary of State to examine recent election recounts. Resolved: That the Secretary of State shall examine the results of at least 20 recent election recounts and compare those results with the original vote totals announced for those elections. The Secretary of State shall include in this examination elections that were conducted using electronic vote tally machines and elections in which the ballots were hand-counted; and be it further

Sec. 2. Report. Resolved: That the Secretary of State shall issue a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs no later than February 15, 2010 based on the examination under section 1 that lists the election night vote tally versus the recount vote tally for the elections examined. The report must include any reasons discovered for discrepancy, including failure to properly follow post-election procedures. The report must make recommendations and suggest legislation that would establish a formal system for comparing election night vote tallies to recount vote tallies to provide ongoing information regarding the accuracy of election results in the State. The Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs is authorized to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature based on the information received in the report.

Effective September 12, 2009

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Augusta, ME 04333