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Hayes Explains Election Count Snafu

In a press release emailed moments ago, County Clerk Cliff Hayes explained the counting snafu that prevented final Kootenai County results to be posted online until shortly before 7 Wednesday morning:

Around 1:30 a.m. elections management saw online results were not adjusting correctly as each incremental posting of the machine counts was uploaded.  They   began investigating the problem and trying different input methods.  When a solution hadn’t been found after more than two hours of attempts, the results that had been posted were taken down, and a notice saying “Due to technical difficulties we are unable to post Election results now.  As soon as we have accurate numbers they will be posted here” put up about 4:30 a.m.  In addition, notification was made to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office and the media.  The notice was up until about 6:30 a.m. when the results reporting problem was identified and a solution tested out accurately.

“Some people think stopping the online results posting was the wrong thing to do”, Hayes said.  “I always believe that accuracy is more important than speed.”  Full news release here.


Hayes: 15,000 Voted So Far

County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced that Friday, November 2, is the last day for in-person absentee voting at the Elections office, 1808 N. Third Street in Coeur d’Alene. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’ve received over 15,000 ballots so far, by mail and in-person. That’s about 20% of the County’s registered voters”, Hayes said. 604 people voted in-person on the busiest day during this election cycle/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release. More here.

Question: Are you among the 15,000 who have already voted?

3 NIC Trustees Face Election

The last day candidates can file declaration/petition of candidacy forms with the local clerk of the North Idaho College district for the three open positions on the NIC Board of Trustees is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Individuals who miss this deadline will not be placed on the ballot. They may file as a declared write-in candidate if they file a declaration of intent no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 21. NIC is governed by a five-member board of trustees elected at large from within Kootenai County for staggered terms. Seat A, Seat B, and Seat C currently held by Judy Meyer, Mic Armon, and Ron Vieselmeyer (pictured) respectively, will appear on this year’s general election ballot during Idaho’s general election on Nov. 6. All positions are four-year terms. More below.

Question: Do you expect a last-minute ticket of Republican hardliners to file in attempt to politicize yet another nonpartisan local government board?

Vick To Seek Re-election From SD2

State Senator Steve Vick, a Dalton Gardens resident and Home Renovation Contractor, will seek re-election to the Idaho State Senate in the new District 2. “It has been a great privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in North Idaho” said Vick. “I want to continue to be a strong conservative voice in the Idaho Senate.” Senator Vick is in his first term and currently represents District 3, northern Kootenai County. Vick will seek re-election in a new District 2, which includes much of his old district along with all of Kootenai County east of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Vick serves on the Agricultural Affairs Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. He also serves on the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee as its Vice-Chair, a high honor for a freshman legislator/News release from Steve Vick. More here.

Question: Do you consider state Sen. Steve Vick as extreme in his politics as Legislative District 2 mates Reps. Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri?

Ex-Deputy Green Wants To Be Sheriff

A former Texas deputy turned criminal justice lawyer is running for Kootenai County sheriff. John Green, 52, is seeking the office's top spot as a Republican, aiming his campaign on finding solutions to ease jail crowding other than building a new facility, increasing deputy financial compensation as well as street presence as a crime deterrent, and supporting legislation to allow deputies more leeway on public intoxication calls. … Green has 10 years of law enforcement experience in Texas, with 300 arrests, most for felony violations, that he would bring to the post, he said, as well as 20 years of practicing law. He would pursue other avenues for jail space rather than building a new facility, such as using existing county buildings, possibly even tents, to house inmates if it proved to be effective/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (John Green Facebook photo)

Question: Is the use of other county building and even tents a reasonable option for housing Kootenai County prisoners?

Post Falls Man To Seek Sheriff Post

Republican Bob Foster, the former director of Hagadone Hospitality security and current code enforcement officer with the Coeur d'Alene police, has announced his candidacy for sheriff. Foster, of Post Falls, is a 37-year veteran of Law Enforcement having served 17 years as a chief of police (for Willits, Calif., and Humboldt State University/Eureka, Calif.). He holds a degree in public administration and is a FBI National Academy graduate. Foster has been recognized by citizens, youth and senior citizen groups, community organizations, school boards, administrators & educators, law enforcement professionals and government representatives for his commitment & contributions to the public’s safety, community values and professional standards in law enforcement. Foster is a fourth-generation Idahoan and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is a member of the American Legion. Resume here.

Question: Who do you plan to support among Major Ben Wolfinger of the sheriff's department, John Green of UCNI, or Foster?

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