Nov 10, 2014 3:54 PM
Election workers start on Wednesday the final process of the 2014 election cycle completing all election recounts over the next week and a half. Secretary of State Bill Gardner decided not to start the recounts until Wednesday or until right after Veterans Day.
The first and largest voting bloc to undergo review will be the State Senate 7 District race where on Election Day Laconia Democrat Andrew Hosmer had survived over Republican Kathleen Lauer-Rago by 132 votes.
Gardner said that recount will be over at the Archives Building in Concord to accommodate the large number of teams needed to complete it.
The other 18 recounts are for seats in the 400-person House of Representatives.
Gardner said it was unusual that three of the races ended in ties, one on the Seacoast near the Maine border, one near the state's western boundary with Vermont and the third for a seat in central New Hampshire.
"We have had ties before but multiple ones are unique, no question about that and these are spread across the state,'' Gardner said.
In the September primary, Betsy Sanders and Shawn Patrick O'Neil tied with 250 votes apiece. They remained deadlocked after the votes were recounted.
Sanders won a tiebreaker by getting the choice ball that Gardner drew among both candidates.
Last Tuesday, Sanders easily won this disputed seat over her Democratic candidate to represent the town of Danville in Rockingham County.
There were 22 recounts after each of the past two elections.
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