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POLL QUESTION
The State House in Augusta

Question of voter fraud raised after untraceable ballots change outcome of Senate election

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The specter of election fraud has been raised after last week’s Maine Senate District 25 ballot recount changed the outcome of the race. Unanswered questions remain about 21 ballots from the town of Long Island that can’t seem to be attributed to any voter. The ballots were …

Recount reversing results of Falmouth-area Senate seat spurs legal questions

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 19, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Who will fill a Falmouth-area Maine Senate seat that was the subject of a ballot recount Tuesday and how the issue will be decided was unclear on Wednesday, in part because there is little or no precedent for state officials to follow. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, …
Republican Cathy Manchester

Ballot recount in Falmouth-area election overturns result, could expand GOP’s Senate majority

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 18, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A recount of ballots for Senate District 25 in the Falmouth area has given Republicans a potentially unexpected seat in the Senate and a 21-seat majority they haven’t enjoyed since 1977. The recounted tally is so close that the outcome of the election will be examined by …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Freeport Town Councilor Bill Rixon

Recount confirms newcomer’s slim victory over longtime Freeport town councilor

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 18, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Bill Rixon officially defeated incumbent at-large Town Councilor Rich DeGrandpre after a recount Monday. While the Nov. 4 results said Rixon beat the 12-year councilor by six votes, Monday’s recount showed the difference was five votes, 2,076 to 2,071. “I’m pleased obviously that the recount came out …

Maine Senate recount confirms Democrat won in Lewiston district

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Nov. 17, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Nate Libby, a Lewiston Democrat, was officially declared the winner in the race for state Senate District 21 on Monday, according to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Libby, who currently serves in the Maine House of Representatives and on the Lewiston City Council, was running against …

Recounts in 4 Maine Senate races scheduled to begin Friday

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 13, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Recounts will be conducted in four of the 35 Maine Senate races, according the secretary of state’s office. The first recount will take place Friday in a state office building on Commerce Drive in Augusta. That recount will decide the winner of the Senate District 11 race, …

Replay: Panel of experts breaks down the 2014 Maine elections

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 12, 2014, at 7:26 a.m.
What happened in this election? Watch live as a panel of political experts take apart the results of this election and analyze how they will change the way that politicians campaign in the state of Maine. This panel is hosted by the Maine Chamber of Commerce, live from the University of Southern Maine in Portland …
CAMPAIGN 2014

Secretary of State to recount ballots in three close Senate races

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 10, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Three state Senate candidates have requested recounts of the Nov. 4 ballots in their districts. The requests are in Senate seats in Waldo, Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties. — Senate District 11 (Waldo County), Democrat Jonathan Fulford versus Mike Thibodeau. According to unofficial election results compiled by the …
COMMENTARY
Bangor voters cast their ballots Tuesday morning at the Cross Insurance Center.

Best state: Maine posts highest voter turnout in the nation

By Reid Wilson, The Washington Post on Nov. 07, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
If the right to vote is the most sacred, a surprising number of Americans don’t bother to use it. Across the country, turnout was dismally low in Tuesday’s midterm elections, when an estimated 36.6 percent of eligible voters made their way to the polls. That’s the lowest turnout in any …
Sean Faircloth is the newly elected member of the Bangor City Council.

New city councilor optimistic his legislative experience will help Bangor face challenges ahead

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 07, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
Bangor’s newest city councilor said he plans to listen and learn during his first few weeks sitting in council chambers. Then he wants to get down to business. Sean Faircloth, a five-term state legislator who was selected to serve as majority whip in his final term in …
CAMPAIGN 2014
State Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, serves as board chairwoman for Maine Connections Academy, the state's first virtual charter school. Volk was elected Nov. 4 to serve in the Maine Senate.

Republican Volk to move from House to Senate in battleground southern Maine district

By William Hall on Nov. 07, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Two-term Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, unseated incumbent first-term Sen. Jim Boyle, D-Gorham, in the Nov. 4 election to represent state Senate District 30. Volk out-polled Boyle 10,089 to 9,128, a margin of 6 percent, in the district that covers most of Scarborough, Gorham and part of Buxton. …

2014 Maine General Election results

on Nov. 07, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
Complete unofficial results.
ALEX STEED
Alex Steed

Why we can’t just wallow in our post-election pity

By Alex Steed on Nov. 07, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.
This week is a difficult one for anyone who identifies as left of very, very far right. Every frustration is entirely reasonable; I felt shell-shocked myself. Now that we have had some time to process, to stew, to vent, it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with our vision, values and goals. …

Bar Harbor voters reject deer hunt concept plan

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 06, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Local residents voted down on Tuesday a non-binding measure aimed at gauging support for relaxing deer hunting laws inside the town limits. The referendum was defeated by a 196-vote margin, out of 2,546 votes cast. Concerns about Lyme disease and car-deer accidents on Mount Desert Island …
CAMPAIGN 2014

Rushlau wins seventh term as midcoast district attorney

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 06, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
DRESDEN | District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Thursday he’s accustomed to close races. Rushlau, a Republican, had another one this year, as he won by an 812-vote margin out of nearly 68,000 votes that were cast. The Democratic candidate — David Sinclair of Bath — conceded defeat on Thursday. …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Town officials count ballots Wednesday afternoon in the Waldo town office, which had been without heat and lights since the Sunday snowstorm swept through the midcoast. Voters on Election Day had cast ballots with the help of flashlights and lanterns, but officials decided they needed to wait until daylight to count them.

Democrat Jonathan Fulford to ask for recount in close Waldo County Senate race

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
BELFAST | With fewer than 100 votes separating incumbent Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, from political newcomer Jonathan Fulford, D-Monroe, Fulford’s team announced Thursday they will ask for a recount of the ballots cast for the Waldo County state Senate seat. “In light of the severe weather and power outages …
CAMPAIGN 2014

GOP asks for recounts in two Maine Senate contests

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
LEWISTON | State election officials confirmed Wednesday that a request has been made to recount ballots in the Senate District 21 race between Democrat Nate Libby and Republican Patti Gagne. According to unofficial results from the Lewiston city clerk’s office, Libby, a state representative and city councilor, won the …

Rushlau close to re-election victory in midcoast district attorney race

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 05, 2014, at 8:16 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Veteran District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau appears headed for a seventh-straight term. With 74 of the 77 towns in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties reporting, Republican Rushlau had 33,352 votes, while Democrat David Sinclair had 32,773 votes. The three towns that the BDN did not have official …
Gov. Paul LePage leaves the House of Representatives chamber after delivering his 2014 State of the State address on Feb. 4, 2014.

GOP takeover of Senate, closer gap in House change more than the numbers

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With the re-election of Gov. Paul LePage and Republicans overtaking the Senate with what looks to be a 20-15 majority, the next two years will see significant pressure on Democrats in the House of Representatives. Will they simply play defense against an emboldened LePage and Republican lawmakers …

Republican edges Democrat for South Portland House seat

By Staff, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
In unofficial results, Republican candidate Kevin Battle has won a tightly contested three-way race for the open District 33 seat in the Maine House of Representatives. Battle outpolled Democrat Rosemarie De Angelis by 2 percent of those casting ballots, 1,470 to 1,405, with Green Independent candidate …
 
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