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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The former City Council candidate who unsuccessfully challenged the 2009 general election is petitioning for a rehearing in light of the Idaho Supreme Court's recent decision that upheld the election.

Jim Brannon, who lost the 2009 Seat 2 election to incumbent Mike Kennedy by 3 votes, petitioned for a rehearing Tuesday on grounds that the Supreme Court erred in its decision not to toss out five votes from people living abroad despite not knowing for whom the voters voted.

It also states the court erred in tallying the correct number of absentee votes.

Brannon challenged Kennedy's then 5-vote victory after the polls closed in 2009.

Kootenai County First District Court upheld Kennedy's win in 2010, throwing out some illegal votes in the process. The ISC upheld 1st District Court's decision Nov. 16, but said the 5 abroad voters shouldn't have voted in the city election, though they couldn't be thrown out because it was unclear for whom they voted.

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  • mister d posted at 11:23 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I think it has been an accurate count, but you can disagree if you want.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 6:04 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1260

    Wow..... accurate counting of our votes is a 'dead issue' Mr. d? "Give it a rest", voxpop?

    Regardless whether one voted for Mr. Brannon or Mr. Kennedy for the city council seat, I would have hoped that we all want an ACCURATE counting of our votes, and to know for sure that only city residents voted. Apparently the legitimacy of our elections is no longer important........

  • Sheeken Hunter posted at 10:13 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Sheeken Hunter Posts: 178

    Incredible. I read the Petition. For anyone interested in facts the actual Petition is linked on the S-R Huckleberries website. Unfortunately whoever wrote the story for the Cda Press did not take the time to read it before writing the story. Perhaps that is why no reporter's name is on the Press's story. No name, no blame for being a poor 'reporter'. The Petition clearly states that it has NOTHING to do with "the five votes from people living abroad" as the Press wrongly reported. The Petition points out the undisputed fact that 5 of the total number of absentee ballots returned (2,051) were Voided. The County counted, and the City adopted its count, that 2051 absentee ballots were COUNTED. The Petition plainly states that the County counted five more absentee ballots than VALID ABSENTEE BALLOTS EXISTED (2046) to be counted. Cda citizens deserve correct and accurate 'reporting'.

  • mister d posted at 7:37 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Time to move on, this is a dead issue. The courts have been pretty consistent on this outcome.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:27 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Right on Mr Brannon. It is time to tell the elitists around here that their reign of eletion manipulation is over.

  • Jill Heine posted at 5:10 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    your vote does not count. the winner is predetermined. If the race is close, variances like inviting internationals to cast a ballot will be permitted. The Idaho Supreme Court is a farce catering to big business and international trade against Idaho working class. Time to rise up boys and throw off the shackles.

  • voxpop posted at 4:26 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Gotta believe the court has much better things to do. Give it a rest Brannon and slip away into the anonymity you deserve.

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