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Recount Ongoing in Lowell, Other Communities

September 16, 2018

The scene inside the recount of the 3rd Congressional District ballots at Lowell High School.

LOWELL - The hallway leading up to the Lowell High School cafeteria buzzed Sunday morning as dozens of people waited for the city’s 3rd Congressional District recount to begin.

The camps most belonged to were crystal clear - Dan Koh’s team bore name label stickers on their chests with “Koh” written on them, and the same for those with Lori Trahan.

“We’re so appreciative of all the grassroots supporters that are taking the time out of their busy days to make sure that every vote gets counted,” Koh campaign spokesman Justin Curtis said before the recount began.

A Trahan representative wasn’t immediately available for comment.

At roughly 10:30 a.m., volunteer recount workers began filing into the center of the cafeteria cordoned off with black rope barriers.

Lauren Goldberg, an attorney with KP Law - the firm acting as special counsel for the city of Lowell in the recount - gave a lengthy explanation of the process to the seated volunteer counters, and observers -- two from each campaign -- who watched from outside the designated area.

The rules were clear - and stricter for those inside the recount area. Observers may not speak to one another or to the recount workers and, if they do, they would be warned once and any subsequent talking would result in them being ejected. Goldberg said cell phone use was prohibited inside the recount area, and no photography was allowed of individual ballots.

“The results will not be announced until after everything has been counted and reviewed,” Goldberg told the crowd. “You know people who are saying, ‘Oh, because the campaigns kind of know who voted for what the totals are,’ that’s unofficial until it’s announced and it can’t be announced til the very, very end.”

Meanwhile in the city of Lawrence and town of Tyngsboro, Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin announced Sunday that both have completed their hand recounts of Sept. 4 ballots. The recounted tally of votes in Lawrence show Koh with 871 and Lori Trahan with 231, according to a release. The results previously certified had Koh with 870 and Trahan with 229. In Tyngsboro, there were no changes to the tallies for either candidate.

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