district serves Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo, Searsmont

UPDATED: Katrina Smith to request recount in slim House District 96 loss

Thu, 11/05/2020 - 6:00pm

    PALERMO — Katrina Smith, a Republican from Palermo, has announced she will be requesting a recount of votes in the House District 96 race. 

    District 96 represents the towns of Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont.

    “I don’t know that 42 can be overcome, but I do know that we deserve to make sure the results are accurate,” Smith said in a statement shared Thursday to her campaign Facebook page.  

    “With a slim margin of only 42 votes in the race for District 96 this is under 1% and falls under the Maine guidelines of allowing for a recount,” Smith said in an emailed statement early Friday. “We sincerely thank the town clerks and volunteers who worked tirelessly to process the ballots, but with the high incident of voting irregularities throughout our country my campaign felt that it was imperative that we also make sure that every vote is accurate. I only wish to ensure my constituents can rest knowing that the results express their wishes.” 

    Incumbent Stanley Paige Zeigler won the race, based off tallies of votes recorded by town clerks, by a total of 2,941 votes to 2,899. 

    In Belmont, Smith won the race 321 to 255. 

    In Liberty, Smith won the race 305 to 265. 

    In Lincolnville, Zeigler won the race 1,035 to 582. 

    In Montville, Zeigler won the race 381 to 262. 

    In Morrill, Smith won the race 355 to 238. 

    In Palermo, Smith won the race 603 to 323. 

    In Searsmont, Smith won the race 471 to 444.