AUGUSTA, Maine — About 550 ballots from Bangor that had been reported missing were located and delivered to Augusta as the recount of Maine’s vote on an Oxford County casino continued into its fourth day.
Bangor’s Deputy City Clerk Dianne Lovejoy said Tuesday that the 550 ballots were not lost, just misplaced.
After the election, city officials stored state ballots in red boxes and municipal ballots in blue boxes. The 550 statewide ballots in question were mistakenly put into a blue box, she said.
“We found them and I actually drove them down to Augusta myself [Tuesday morning],” Lovejoy said. “They counted the ballots and sent me on my way. There were no changes to our initial results.”
On Tuesday, the recount focused on the ballots from Bangor and other ballots from small towns in southern Maine and Hancock County. Casino supporters have picked up a small number of votes as the recount progresses.
The recount was requested by casino foes after voters on Nov. 2 approved a statewide referendum by 4,601 votes allowing for Maine’s first casino with both table games and slot machines. Unofficial tallies put the margin at less than 1 percent of more than 564,000 votes cast statewide.
The recount is scheduled to resume on Friday.
BDN writer Eric Russell contributed to this report.