Following Official Recount, CWI Levy Failed by 135 Votes 

  • College of Western Idaho
Following an official recount in Ada and Canyon counties, the results of a ballot initiative for a College of Western Idaho facilities levy was still razor thin, but ultimately the measure fell short. CWI had sought approval from Ada and Canyon County voters to agree to a $4.7 million per year/10 year levy to fund a new health sciences building on the college's Nampa campus. Initially, the November vote fell short by 144 votes. 

Canyon County election officials completed their recount in late November; and on Friday evening, Ada County election officials said they had completed their own recount, which resulting in 30 fewer valid ballots. Ultimately, the levy measure fell short of approval by 135 votes.

Election officials said some mail-in ballots, which were torn or otherwise unreadable by scanning machines, had been duplicated by hand onto a "clean" ballot and re-scanned on Election Day. But a procedural error during that process caused some single pages to be counted more than once. The procedural error was corrected for the recount.

"On Election Day, our staff was so concerned about missing a page that they went one step too far," said Ada County Clerk-elect Phil McGrane. "Following the recount, we're going to go back through our entire process to ensure the right checks are in place so this does not happen again."
click to enlarge Artist's rendering of proposed Health Science Building. - COURTESY COLLEGE OF WESTERN IDAHO
  • Courtesy College of Western Idaho
  • Artist's rendering of proposed Health Science Building.


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