Elections Officials Investigating Possible Fraud in North Idaho


Election officials in north Idaho are investigating an incident of possible voter fraud.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that "no mistakes were egregious enough to affect the winners of each race," but polling station errors were discovered in Kootenai County's primary election results. Five precincts indicated discrepancies between the number of poll workers' ballot stubs and totals by optical scan equipment.

According to the Press, "one incident of voter fraud appears to have occurred at Precinct 39 [in Kootenai County], where a poll worker accidentally allowed a voter to vote a second time on election day, after already casting an absentee ballot."

The incident is being "looked into," according to election officials, and the voter's name "may be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office for legal action."

Other errors included:

-Voters issued ballots in spite of missing information on their registration cards.
-A ballot from a precinct committeeman was discovered in a supply box, six days after the election
-Poll workers not following instructions they had received in training.