AUGUSTA – Progress continues in Augusta as the ranked choice votes are tallied for the 2nd Congressional District race.
Mainers are waiting to hear if Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin or Democrat Jared Golden has won that race.
Maine’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap gave an update at an event in Bangor on Sunday.
He said as of Sunday, votes from 185 towns have been entered in, and they have 190 to go. He said most of the 190 left are smaller towns. Now they’re scanning ballots.
The Secretary of State also responded to some comments from the Poliquin campaign’s Facebook page. In a post from Saturday, Poliquin mentioned his “ongoing concerns” about the process of tallying those ranked choice votes.
“Our job is to get an accurate count of what happened on election night and whatever the candidates choose to do from their is up to them, they can have a recount,” said Secretary of State Dunlap. “I don’t worry about litigation, I worry about getting the count right.”
Work to scan those ballots will continue on Monday during the observed federal holiday.
Dunlap said he believes they will be done this week, and expects they’ll be done earlier than they originally thought. He would not say what the original projected completion date was.