“We respectfully ask the No on 1 Campaign to follow the lead of the No on 2 Campaign and withdraw their recount request,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for the Yes on 1 Campaign. “There is no evidence that a recount would change the result of Question 1.
“At the same time, $500,000 would be wasted on the process of recounting ballots,” Boyer said. “That’s half a million taxpayer dollars that should be spent on heating homes and funding schools.”
“The results of the election are clear and the people have spoken,” said Boyer. “We won by thousands of votes, and a recount won’t change that. It’s unfortunate the opposition would go against the will of the people and waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a recount that will do nothing to change the outcome of the election.”The most recent statewide recount in Maine was the 2010 Oxford Casino initiative, when the opposition campaign demanded a recount. The Yes campaign won the original vote by 4,723 votes, and after roughly 20 percent of the recount was complete, the margin of victory actually increased.
When explaining their decision to withdraw yesterday, Question 2 opponents cited a “very low probability that a recount would overturn the unofficial election result.”
Even if the recount on Question 1 doesn’t change the results of the November 8 election — and it’s not expected to make any difference — the office of Atty. Gen. Janet Mills said on Tuesday that it may not be legal for adults to use cannabis in Maine until early next year, reports Gillian Graham at the Portland Press Herald.
Citizen initiatives in Maine don’t go into effect until 30 days after the state certifies and Governor Paul LePage proclaims the results, a process which itself can take 30 days. That means actual legalization might not take effect until January 7 if Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office and the Governor take all the time allowed before certifying and proclaiming the results.