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Man wins tied southern Idaho election following recount

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: RUPERT, Idaho (AP) — A southern Idaho city has filled a council seat after an election that ended in what officials thought was tie and was followed by a coin toss and a recount. The Times-News reports Minidoka County officials recounted ballots Monday, finding Dick Galbraith had won the seat on the Heyburn City Council by one vote. Council candidate Glen Loveland was previously declared the winner after winning a coin toss in mid-November. The coin toss came as a result of the votes being tallied as a tie. Galbraith requested a recount after losing that coin toss. Election officials say the discrepancy between the machine count and the count by hand likely was due to a voter not marking a ballot correctly or with dark enough marks to be read by the machine.

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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