Requested recounts for Maine House Districts 96 and 98 are rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 20, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap confirmed Thursday, Nov. 12.

The delay is necessitated because an employee of the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions tested positive for COVID-19. All offices on the fourth floor of the Burton M. Cross Building are closed Thursday as crews clean the work spaces, and closure may extend through Friday, Nov. 13, as well.

The recounts, planned for Nov. 13 but now slated for Friday, Nov. 20, will take place during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning with House District 96 and then House District 98 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Both recounts are expected to be completed on Friday, Nov. 20. The recount process will take place in Room 103-A in the Burton M. Cross Office Building, adjacent to the State House in Augusta.

House District 96 includes the towns of Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont. Unofficial results show Stanley Zeigler Jr. winning with a 1.14% lead over Katrina Smith. No deposit is required for this recount.

House District 98 includes the towns of Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville and Winterport. Unofficial results show Scott Cuddy winning with a 2.13% lead over Jessica Connor. Per Maine law, a $500 deposit is required for a recount with a margin above 1.5%.