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Low-tech race: Hand recount in contest ended by random draw

The race was decided via a random drawing, officials say.

PORTLAND, Maine — [Editor's note: This video originally aired on Nov. 4.]

A City Council race in Maine’s largest city that was decided via a random drawing has moved onto its next low-tech phase, a hand recount. 

Brandon Mazer and Roberto Rodriguez were the top two finishers in a Portland City Council race that was supposed to be determined via ranked-choice voting. 

The candidates tied and the city then named Mazer the winner when his name was picked out of a bowl in a drawing outside City Hall on Nov. 3. 

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The Portland Press Herald reports Tuesday that more than 21,000 ballots are now being recounted by hand.

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