Recount produces identical results in Ada commissioner race

Dave Case, left, and Sharon Ullman.
Dave Case, left, and Sharon Ullman.

Incumbent Ada County Commissioner’s 1,301-vote GOP primary victory over challenger Sharon Ullman was confirmed Wednesday by a recount conducted by the county clerk’s office.

“The results ended up exactly the same,” Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane said. “It helps build confidence in our election system.”

Ullman requested the recount of ballots in six Ada County precincts, totalling “just over 1,600” ballots, McGrane said. The countywide results, confirmed Wednesday, gave Case 10,502 votes or 53.3 percent, while Ullman got 9,201 votes or 46.7 percent.

Under Idaho law, Ullman had to pay $600 for the recount — $100 for each precinct recounted. The recount took about six hours and involved 18 county employees plus representatives from the Idaho attorney general’s office and secretary of state, McGrane said.

Only recounts that involve margins narrower than one-tenth of 1 percent of the vote are conducted for free. McGrane said it may be time to approach the Legislature about changing the policy for recounts, perhaps adopting a tiered approach with charges that differ according to the margin of victory.

Ullman previously held the District 3 commission seat until Case unseated her in the 2012 election.