Maine casino measure may face recount and a legal challenge in the near future
AUGUSTA, Maine: Maine Oxford Casino Initiative, Question 1 appears to have squeaked by and been approved by voters on November 2 but opponents aren't giving up just yet. Question 1, called for a casino in Oxford, Maine. According to unofficial election results, as of November 4, the measure received 51% of the vote in favor and 49% opposed. Only a couple thousand votes mark the difference between approval and defeat.
Shortly after the November 2 elections, Maine Question 1 opponents announced that they plan to call for a recount of votes on the proposed measure. According to state law, the group has until November 9 at 5 pm to file the request for the recount. However, according to reports, if a recount is not pursued a legal challenge may be filed by opponents. "I don't think you can write a public law for private gain," said a spokesperson of Casinos No! (dead link).
- The Portland Press Herald, "November 2 election results," accessed November 4, 2010
- As Main Goes, "CasinosNo! Considers Recount, Legal Challenge to Q1," accessed November 5, 2010
- Maine Public Broadcasting Network, "Recount Considered as Oxford County Casino Wins by a Hair," November 3, 2010
- Morning Sentinel, "Casino plan passes; opponents may seek recount," November 4, 2010