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Eye On Boise

Election results reporting glitch may mean Brody’s margin of victory is slightly higher

A glitch in the reporting of Franklin County’s election results in the Idaho Supreme Court race won’t change the outcome, but appears to suggest that Robyn Brody’s winning margin was larger than previously reported.

The eastern Idaho county, on its county website, reports that Curt McKenzie outpolled Brody in that county, 2,864 to 1,813. But the Idaho Secretary of State’s website shows the county’s results as 4,755 for McKenzie and just 602 for Brody.  

“I don’t doubt that that’s wrong – it doesn’t look right to me either,” said Tim Hurst, chief deputy Secretary of State. “But we don’t enter those, the counties enter those directly.”

The different wouldn’t change the outcome – Brody wins easily either way – so Hurst said the Secretary of State’s office likely will wait until the official canvass before correcting the totals. But if the county contacts the office sooner, a correction could come sooner. “We may be able to go back in and unlock it so they can change it,” Hurst said.

The official canvass is set for Nov. 23.

Final, unofficial results now listed on the Secretary of State’s website show Brody with 298,827 votes, 53.5 percent, to McKenzie’s 259,274 votes, 46.5 percent.

If the numbers on Franklin County’s website are right, that would mean 1,211 more votes for Brody and 1,891 fewer for McKenzie. That’d bring the total to 300,038 for Brody, 53.8 percent, and 257,383, 46.2 percent, for McKenzie.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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