Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is debunking false rumors that the federal government has transferred authority to count ballots from the 2012 election to a Spanish company, reports Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey. Popkey reports that the claim, which has been promoted on local talk radio here in Boise, has been circulating in the blogosphere, despite repeated debunking; Ysursa said he responded with a joke when asked about it at a county GOP event: “I just chuckled and said, 'Well, the Basques have been counting 'em for years ― ever since Pete came in,'” Ysursa said, referring to fellow Basque and predecessor, Pete Cenarrusa, Idaho's chief election official from 1967-2002.
Ysursa told Popkey that states conduct elections, not the federal government, and in Idaho, ballots are counted by counties under the supervision of the county clerk - and not in some far-off country. You can read Popkey's full post here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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