CANVASS OF VOTES
34-1203. Counting of ballots — Certificates of judges. (1) The ballots and polls lists agreeing, the election personnel shall then proceed to tally the votes cast. Under each office title, the number of votes for each candidate and such other information required by the secretary of state shall be entered in the tally books together with the total of the above figures in the manner prescribed by the secretary of state. Any ballot or part of a ballot from which it is impossible to determine the elector’s choice shall be void and shall not be counted. When a ballot is sufficiently plain to determine therefrom a part of the voter’s intention, it shall be the duty of the judges to count such part.
(2) Following the counting, the judges must transmit a copy of the results to the county clerk.
(3)(a) For any election in which at least one (1) office election or ballot question in the county occurs in both time zones in Idaho, the county clerk shall release no election results to the public until all voting places in the state have closed on election day.
(b) If no office election or ballot question in the county occurs in both time zones in Idaho, the county clerk may release the election results to the public at any time after all voting places in the county have closed on election day.
(4) The secretary of state shall issue directives or promulgate administrative rules adopting standards that define what constitutes a vote and what will be counted as a vote for each category of voting system used in this state.
[34-1203, added 1970, ch. 140, sec. 187, p. 351; am. 1981, ch. 109, sec. 1, p. 163; am. 2003, ch. 48, sec. 12, p. 186; am. 2016, ch. 272, sec. 1, p. 749; am. 2022, ch. 195, sec. 1, p. 642.]