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Idaho’s partial vote recount validates 2020 election tallies

A partial recount of ballots cast during the last presidential election has validated the accuracy of the results, Idaho officials say, despite manipulation claims by Trump ally and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2020 photo, voters fill out their ballots at O’Connor Field House in Caldwell. AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File

The Idaho secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that a hand inspection of ballots in Camas and Butte counties found margins of error of less than 1%. That’s far below what Lindell had claimed in saying votes for former President Donald Trump went to President Joe Biden.

Lindell has made unsubstantiated claims and floated conspiracy theories about last year’s election in multiple states in an attempt to undermine voter confidence in the outcome. That has extended even to Idaho, where Trump easily won the deep-red state with nearly 64% of the vote.

“The office of the Idaho Secretary of State takes free, fair, and accurate elections seriously,” said Republican Secretary of State Lawerence Denney in a statement. “So when we are presented with allegations that come with specific details which we can examine, we want to do so.”

The secretary of state’s office said a document questioning Idaho’s vote count appeared on a website with a copyright belonging to Lindell. It claimed votes cast for Trump were electronically switched to Biden.

“This document alleged electronic manipulation in all 44 counties,” said Chief Deputy Secretary Chad Houck, but noted that “at least seven Idaho counties have no electronic steps in their vote counting processes.”

Officials said they didn’t suspect any problems with the election tallies around the state, and chose Butte and Camas counties due to their small size, making a recount easier.

Butte County after the election reported a tally of 1,193 votes for Trump and 188 for Biden. Lindell contended Biden only received 130. But the hand count of ballots found 188 to be accurate. However, the secretary of state’s office said it found another nine votes for Trump, upping his total to 1,202. Officials attributed the ballots not getting counted to ballot sorting and storage policies that should be adjusted.

In Camas County, secretary of state officials said the hand count found 149 votes for Biden, as the county had reported. Officials also found an additional vote for Trump bringing his total to 508. Lindell had said 54 votes had been taken from Trump’s total.

The secretary of state’s office recorded video the recount process for both counties. It can be viewed on the secretary of state’s YouTube channel.

The office said that it will also do a partial recount on Saturday of ballots in Bonner County. Officials said the video feed for that recount will be available starting Saturday morning.

“Regardless of how a county counts their ballots, Idaho’s processes, checks and balances produce free, fair, and accurate elections that Idahoans can trust, and that if you provide our office with specific data or information to the contrary, we will look into those concerns,” said Houck, who will be overseeing the counting in Bonner County.

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  1. The leftist, biased slant of this AP report is no surprise. AP is not an impartial source of news any longer.

    Suffice to say, most people understand that a ballot recount is NOT the same as a forensic audit. For the purposes of validating whether our 2020 election process and mechanisms (the machines) in Idaho is tamper-proof and secure, a ballot recount is totally meaningless.

    The voting machines used by Idaho ARE NOT TAMPER PROOF. The machines are controlled by the vendor, and WERE connected to the internet, and therefore could be manipulated. Also, the voting system in Idaho at this time does not have the ability for any voter in Idaho to verify that their vote was actually counted the way that voter intended. 2020 election data analysis conducted by Seth Keshel indicated that roughly 15,000 votes cast in Idaho were fraudulent or invalid. That is enough to change the outcome of an election, particularly in local elections.

    The GOOD NEWS is that there IS a LOT of support for a FULL FORENSIC AUDIT, especially for Ada County, and teams of patriots are actively working to make this happen. There has been communications between these people and the office responsible for elections in Idaho, and we WILL make it happen.

    Most people will accept the outcome of an election as long as they KNOW FOR CERTAIN that their vote is safe, that our process is 100% secure, that our machines cannot be hacked or manipulated in any way. The election of 2020 proved that this is currently NOT the case, and until this is rectified, our rights are being betrayed.

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