Close elections are usually settled by a recount or, on rare occasions, a coin-flip. But the Idaho Supreme Court this week will weigh in on a 2009 municipal election in Idaho's Panhandle.
When Jim Brannon lost to Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy three years ago, he filed suit, alleging that Kennedy's five-vote victory could be linked to inadmissible ballots. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a 2010 trial tossed out four illegal votes, but still upheld Kennedy's victory by a mere three votes. Brannon asked for a new vote, but 1st District Judge Charles Hosack denied the requested remedy.
During the 2010 trial, Brannon said he was fired as director at Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho as "backlash from the city" because he said he posed a threat to Coeur d'Alene's government status quo. The city denied it had any part in Brannon's firing.
This Wednesday, Sept. 19, Idaho Supreme Court Justices will gavel in at the Kootenai County Courthouse to listen to arguments from each side.