Friday, May 27, 2011

Melba levy vote close but not subject to automatic recall

As part of the new election consolidation legislation passed by the state Legislature this year, House Bill 275 expanded the rules for a recount to include all “supporters or opponents to all other ballot measures.”
Anyone “desiring a recount may apply to the county clerk within twenty (20) days of the canvass of said election by the board of county commissioners,” according to the new Idaho Code, Title 34-2301. The new legislation also contains an “emergency” clause, meaning it became effective immediately.
The Canyon County Board of Commissioners was scheduled to canvass the election results on Wednesday morning, May 25. That means that anyone who wishes to request a recount of the results must do so within 20 days of May 25.
It will cost the applicant $100 per precinct for which the recount request is made.
Although the unofficial results show only two votes separating the yes and no votes, the Melba supplemental levy election does not qualify for an automatic recount.
An automatic recount can be requested only “if … the difference between the yes and no votes on a measure, is less than or equal to one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the total votes cast for that office,” according to the new state law.
In this case, two votes out of 596 votes equals one-third of one percent (0.336 percent).

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