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Taylor makes formal request for vote recount

State House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. wants election officials to recount by hand more than 11,000 ballots cast in his 71-vot

State House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. wants election officials to recount by hand more than 11,000 ballots cast in his 71-vot

November 19, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. on Monday formally requested that election officials recount by hand more than 11,000 ballots cast in his 71-vote loss to Clear Spring Republican LeRoy Myers Jr. in the District 1C House of Delegates race.

But the recount cannot begin until after the Maryland State Board of Elections certifies the election results, which is expected to be Nov. 25.

Washington County Election Director Dorothy Kaetzel said she believes her office can perform the recount of more than 4,000 ballots in one day.

In Allegany County, where voters cast their votes using computer touch screens, officials will print a paper representation of the 7,500 electronic ballots and count them by hand, said Tim Augustine, deputy administrator of the state Elections Board.

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Taylor has already paid a $10,000 deposit on the cost of the recount, according to the petition filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis.

Unless he wins the recount or gains a significant amount of votes, he will have to pay the cost, which could run as much as $22,000, election officials have said.

Taylor, D-Allegany, has declined to talk about the election until after the recount is complete.

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