Friday, November 16, 2012

Supreme Court upholds '09 city council election

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Jim Brannon found no sympathy on Idaho's Supreme Court today.

The justices ruled unanimously to uphold the 2009 Coeur d'Alene City Council election Brannon (right) lost by five votes to incumbent Mike Kennedy and has been challenging ever since.

After the election, Brannon demanded not just a recount but an analysis of the process, claiming inadmissible ballots — voters registering from commercial addresses, ballots missing date stamps — led to Kennedy's victory. The case brought a flurry of accusations from right-wingers in North Idaho, and Brannon's attorney even hired a private firm to visit voters' addresses to verify them.

We told you about the squabble back in 2010, but it continued up to the state Supreme Court, which heard it in September and released its ruling today.  

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