Thursday, May 22, 2014

Idaho Primary Night Headaches: Misplaced Ballots, Software Glitches

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Idaho's Primary Day didn't go off without a hitch Tuesday; in fact, there were two significant issues—one in Eastern Idaho and another in Idaho's panhandle.

The Idaho State Journal is reporting that Caribou County Sheriff Ric Anderson got involved Tuesday night when some ballots were reported as missing from two precincts in Soda Springs. Anderson pointed to "inexperienced help," according to the Journal. It turns out that the ballots had already arrived at the county courthouse for counting, but hadn't been included in the tally until Anderson discovered the boxes.

In North Idaho, Kootenai County elections officials experienced an hour-and-a-half delay in the final vote count when a software glitch slowed things down considerably. This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that final postings didn't occur until 1:19 a.m. Pacific Time.

All of Idaho's votes will not be official until a canvass of the votes is presented to county commissioners throughout the state, which should happen early next week.

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