RECOUNT OF BALLOTS
34-2308. Candidate disagreeing with recount results — Appeal. (1) Any candidate or person may appeal the results of a recount or the determination that a recount is not necessary when:
(a) Any candidate for the office or the person on either side of a measure for which a recount has been requested disagrees with the results of the recount and alleges that the law has been misinterpreted or misapplied;
(b) It appears that a different application or interpretation of the law would have required a general recount where no general recount was ordered; or
(c) It appears that a different application or interpretation of the law would not have required a general recount where a general recount was ordered;
then the candidate claiming the misinterpretation or the misapplication of law may appeal to the district court in the county concerned if the office is a county, municipal or district office or to the district court in Ada county if the office is a federal or state office.
(2) The submittal on appeal shall be by brief and submitted within twenty-four (24) hours following the recount. The appeal submittal shall be served upon the attorney general of Idaho or the county prosecuting attorney within twenty-four (24) hours of filing it within the district court. The appeal submittal shall also be served upon the opposing candidate(s) or representatives of the pro and con sides of the ballot measure within twenty-four (24) hours of filing the appeal in the district court.
(3) The attorney general, in consultation with the secretary of state, may respond to the submittal by brief or the prosecuting attorney, in consultation with the county clerk, may respond for district elections.
(4) The opposing candidate(s) or parties, regarding a measure, may respond to the submittal by brief.
(5) At the discretion of the district court judge, a hearing may be ordered within five (5) days of the filing of the appeal. All parties required to be served with the appeal may participate fully in the hearing. The judge may determine that the appeal may be decided on the brief without a hearing.
(6) A decision thereon shall be given within five (5) days. Any appeal from the decision of the district court must be taken within twenty-four (24) hours after a decision is rendered. A decision on the appeal shall be given within five (5) days. No further appeal shall be allowed.
[34-2308, added 1957, ch. 198, sec. 8, p. 410; am. 1985, ch. 41, sec. 7, p. 86; am. 2004, ch. 48, sec. 1, p. 233; am. 2011, ch. 285, sec. 22, p. 786.]