Case Closed on Richfield Election Complaint
SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A judge dismissed two Richfield resident’s complaint after being denied to vote in November’s election.
According to court documents, the complaint was dismissed because it wasn’t filed with the courts within the required 20 days after votes were canvassed. Lincoln County Commissioners canvases, or approved, the votes from the Nov. 7 election on Nov. 13.
According to court documents, the defendants filed a written complaint letter with the Lincoln County prosecutor’s office on Nov. 20. According to a probable cause affidavit dated Dec. 6, Prosecuting Attorney E. Scott Paul believed he had 30 days to file the challenge.
“The Kents followed through on their obligations as directed in Exhibit A in that they supplied the information to your affiant for preparation of the necessary documents,” Scott said in the affidavit.
“I believe the Kents should not be deprived of their ability to contest the election due to the erroneous advice provided in Exhibit A and your affiant’s error regarding the filing date.”
Exhibit A was a letter given to the Kents that they had 20 days to file a complaint with the persecutors office, deadline being 5 p.m. on Dec. 4.
In a letter from the court clerk also apologized to the Kents, saying they county talked with the Richfield mayor and received and updated map, showing the Kents were within the city limits and should have been able to vote. The letter outlined means of contesting the election.