State rep race one of 15 recounts

  • Melanie Levesque Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/16/2016 6:28:07 PM

Election season is not over yet. Fifteen state races will be subject to a recount, according to state officials.

Among them is the state representative to Hillsborough County’s 26th District, which represents Mason and Brookline. In the initial count, the race was decided by a mere 51 votes.

“The vote total was close; 51 votes is close,” said Democrat Melanie Levesque, who challenged the results. “A recount is a part of the process, I feel, a check on the system.”

The district gets two representatives, with Republican John Lewicke securely winning one of the seats.

The race for the second seat was won in the first count by Republican John Carr of Brookline with 1,895 votes. That result is being challenged by Levesque, of Brookline, who had 1,844 votes.

Candidates can pay a fee for their races to be recounted if they think it is warranted.

For recounts, the secretary of state is present as each ballot is viewed and sorted. Rivers said that both candidates will have a representative present who may challenge ballots that may have been miscounted because of poor marking or other damage.Those challenges are settled by the secretary of state.

Carr said he supports the democratic process, but that he was surprised by the request for a recount.

“I know it’s everyone’s right to challenge, but I know the clerks in both towns and they’re good, trustworthy people,” he said.

If Carr is found to remain the victor, Levesque said she would support him.

“I think he’ll do a fine job if the decision holds,” she said. “Both representatives will do a fine job representing the people.”

The Hillsborough District 26 recount will be today, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the State Archives in Concord and is open to the public.


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