May 27, 2020

Time to concede

The 2000 election between Anita Haskell and Lara Sanborn in District 137 is identical to the 1998 election between the two except that their final positions are reversed.

In 1998, Haskell lost to Sanborn by a relatively small number of votes. Haskell did not ask for a recount or claim voter errors. I have learned that she congratulated Sanborn and wished her well in the 119th Legislature.

In 2000, Sanborn lost to Haskell by a relatively small number of votes. She demanded a recount. Haskell won. Sanborn then disputed ballots and, according to the press, has gone on to make claims of people getting the wrong ballots, gathering affidavits from people who “wanted” to vote for her, and more.

Is this a process to maneuver the political situation toward a decision by the House, which could ignore the votes cast by the people in this district? Are the taxpayers paying for all of this “committee” process? Does this sound familiar? Like Florida. Maine isn’t Florida. Sanborn should concede.

Kyle Quigley


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