ELECTION CONTESTS ACT
34-2118. Security for costs — Assessment of costs and fees — assessment of attorney’s fees. (1) The contestor must file with the secretary of state a bond in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) conditioned to pay the contestee’s costs if the election be confirmed by the legislature.
(2) The parties are liable for witness fees and the costs of discovery made by them respectively. If the election is upheld by the legislature, the legislature may assess costs and fees, other than attorney’s fees, against the contestor. If the election is annulled by the legislature, the legislature may assess costs and fees, other than attorney’s fees, against the contestee.
(3) Attorney’s fees.
(a) Attorney’s fees may be awarded against the contestor if the legislature determines the contest of election is frivolous and has no foundation in law or fact.
(b) Attorney’s fees may be awarded against the contestee if the election is annulled by the legislature due to misconduct, fraud or corruption on the part of the contestee.
(4) If the election is set aside or annulled on the grounds of fraud or error by the election officials in conducting the election or in canvassing the returns, the contest costs will be a charge against the county in which the fraud or error occurred.
(5) If a special election is called by the legislature pursuant to section 34-2119, Idaho Code, the costs associated with the special election will be allocated in equal amounts to the state of Idaho and the county or counties where the special election is held.
[34-2118, added 2017, ch. 293, sec. 2, p. 773.]