Elections

After recount, Eagle City Council candidates still just 5 votes apart

Jill Mitchell, left, and Kenny Pittman, two of four candidates for Eagle City Council in the recent November election. Mitchell asked for a recount after she came in five votes behind Pittman.
Jill Mitchell, left, and Kenny Pittman, two of four candidates for Eagle City Council in the recent November election. Mitchell asked for a recount after she came in five votes behind Pittman.

Update Dec. 7, 2017: Ada County election officials say the results of the Nov. 7 Eagle City Council election stand after a recount.

Elections workers counted a random sample of ballots by hand to confirm its ballot machines were accurate. They then performed a full recount of the race by machine, according to a notice Thursday afternoon. The Idaho Attorney General's Office oversaw the work.

Kenny Pittman and Jill Mitchell remained separated by just five votes, enough to give Pittman one of two seats on the council.

Earlier reporting continues:

Ada County election officials will recount the votes in Nov. 7’s Eagle City Council election at the request of one candidate who narrowly lost out on a seat.

The at-large election in Eagle allowed voters to pick two candidates from a pool of four. Voters selected Miranda Gold (1,311 votes) and Kenny Pittman (1,202 votes).

Jill Mitchell was just five votes behind Pittman, with 1,197, and subsequently asked for a recount. Robert Koellisch trailed in last with 1,094 votes.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden ordered the recount Wednesday. Ada County will pay for the recount because Mitchell lost by only five votes.

All ballots cast that had the Eagle City Council race on them will be recounted, regardless of whether a voter picked Pittman or Mitchell from among the four.

Ada County has scheduled the recount for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7.

CORRECTION: The reason for the publicly-funded recount was originally misstated above.

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