Deputy Idaho Secretary of State Tim Hurst confirmed this morning that 1st District state Senate candidate Lew Langness isn’t on the ballot, having withdrawn in a June 18 letter to the Secretary of State. “We made a mistake and didn’t take him off the database, so when we sent the certification to the clerks, his name was still on that list,” Hurst said. “We’re contacting the clerks to tell ‘em he shouldn’t be there.”
Legislative District 1 takes in all of Boundary County and part of Bonner County. In Boundary County, Hurst said, the ballots were at the printers, but hadn’t been printed yet when word came through about the error. “So they’ve made that correction,” Hurst said. “I’m still trying to get hold of Marie Scott in Bonner County.” If the Bonner ballots already have been printed with Langness’ name on them, Hurst said, “They’ll either mark his name out or reprint the ballots, whichever she chooses to do.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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