Maine Dems Seek Investigation in Senate Race

They're questioning possible ballot irregularities

Maine Democrats are questioning possible ballot irregularities in a race for the state Senate.

Democrats are concerned about 21 "phantom ballots" cast for Republican Cathleen Manchester in Long Island that were discovered during last week's recount.

Kate Knox, an attorney for the party, tells the Portland Press Herald that the ballots exceeded the number of people whom officials had said voted.

Unofficial results showed Democrat Catherine Breen beating Manchester by 32 votes. Recount results showed Manchester winning by 11.

A legislative committee appointed by the Senate president has been tasked with resolving the issue.

Knox wants the committee to order a new recount and subpoena the town clerk. She said Democrats are also considering legal options.

An attorney for the Maine Republican Party couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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