Challenge Jim Brannon has issued a single-page announcement re: his reaction to the Idaho Supreme Court decision this afternoon denying his appeal in the 2009 Coeur d''Alene city election case. Brannon said he was disappointed with the ruling but insisted the case had "several beneficial effects," including:
- It resulted in the resolution of an important issue: The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) does not apply to municipal elections. Until now, that issue was unresolved. With an increasingly mobile workforce, this clarification is extremely important.
- It encourages the Idaho Secretary of State and the Idaho Legislature to address many issues and potential vulnerabilities in absentee voting, residency requirements and Idaho’s Election Laws in general. Many of Idaho’s Election Laws remain largely unchanged since they were written. Components of those laws are simply unworkable; for example the 30-day trial requirement for election contests to be heard or that malconduct in administering an election is not clearly defined.
- It focused local attention on the quality of performance or non-performance of official duties by the now-former Kootenai County Clerk.
- Full statement here.