Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s top election official, has confirmed that election results from all the municipalities in the Congressional District 2 race in the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election are now uploaded and the verification process is complete. The Elections staff will now proceed to run the ranked-choice voting tabulation to determine the winner of the election.
The tabulation is scheduled for noon today, Thursday, Nov. 15 at the centralized tabulation site in the Elkins Building (on the former AMHI campus), 19 Elkins Lane, Augusta. The results will be made public at that time. The tabulation is expected to take only a few minutes to process and the results grid will be displayed for public viewing.
Following the verbal results announcement, the results data will be posted as an Excel file on the Election Results page, and marked as “unofficial.” As always, official results for all races will be available and posted 20 days after the election when the final tabulation is submitted to the Governor.
General Courier of South Portland began collecting ballots and memory devices from all of Maine’s municipalities beginning Thursday, Nov. 8. (Hand-count towns submitted their ballots; municipalities that use tabulators submitted their memory devices). Secretary of State Department staff members began the public processing of that material on Friday, Nov. 9 and continued Saturday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 12 through today. The process includes unlocking and unsealing each ballot box to scan those ballots; unsealing and uploading all the memory devices; and then verifying the results to ensure accuracy before all the votes can be loaded into the tabulation program.