Saturday, June 28, 2014

Idaho SOS Recounts Pocatello Vote But Results Don't Change

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

After some loud complaining from opponents of Pocatello's anti-discrimination ordinance, the Idaho Secretary of State's office stepped in June 27, with oversight from the office of the Idaho Attorney General, and found that while there were some discrepancies, the vote still stands on the May 20 Pocatello initiative that upheld the city's ordinance, extending anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community.

Opponents to the ordinance had initially asked for a partial recount, but ultimately demanded a recanvass of all of Pocatello's 39 precincts. But that recount didn't come cheap. It cost the group $3,900.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the recount ran through much of the day on Friday. It was found that 10 votes were counted incorrectly and four more votes weren't counted at all. But that was only an error of .002 percent. Bottom line: The results don't change. The State Journal reports that Bannock County officials said the SOS office told county officials that they did "an exceptional job."

Meanwhile, the opponents still have one final option. They have until Monday, June 30, to appeal the results to Sixth District Court.

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