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Idaho’s first post-election audit takes place this week, following new law

Voters cast their ballots at Timberline High School during the Idaho Primary on May 17, 2022. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
Otto Kitsinger
Voters cast their ballots at Timberline High School during the Idaho Primary on May 17, 2022. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Following the passage of Senate Bill 1274 during the legislative session earlier this year, the Idaho Secretary of State’s office announced the counties and precincts across Idaho that were randomly selected for the state’s first post-primary election audit, according to a press release. The audit is conducted to check that the equipment and procedures used to count votes during the primary election worked properly and yielded the correct outcome.

The audit locations were chosen on Tuesday by a random ball draw weighted proportionally to population, after which precincts from within those counties were selected, the release said. Teams have already been dispatched to some locations, and the audit will last until Friday.

The selected counties and precincts are:

  • Ada County: Precincts 1410, 1416, 1601, 1612, 1702, 1814, 1903, 1919, and 2209.
  • Bannock County: Precincts Pocatello 001, Pocatello 003, Pocatello 011, Pocatello 013, Pocatello 19, Pocatello 21, Pocatello 37, Pocatello 42, Chubbuck 057, and Mink Creek 066.
  • Bonneville County: Precincts 13, 21, 50, 55, 56, and 59.
  • Idaho County: Precincts Cottonwood 2, Fenn, Greencreek, Grangeville 2, Grangeville 3, Grangeville 4, Kamiah, Keuterville, Slate Creek I, Stites, Whitebird, Slate Creek II, and Absentee.
  • Jerome County: All precincts
  • Kootenai County: Precincts 304, 317, 408, 409, and 513.
  • Madison County: Precincts Plano, Hibbard, Salem, Adams, Pioneer East, Porter Park, City Center, University, Poleline, Trejo, and 6th South.
  • Payette County: Precincts 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

Another audit will take place after Idaho’s general election in November.

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