TWIN FALLS — County Commissioner Leon Mills is demanding a recount of votes for several precincts in the race he lost against Twin Falls City Councilman Don Hall.
The votes in Filer Precinct 3, which covers a large area southwest of Filer, and Twin Falls precincts 2 and 10, which cover downtown and the eastern end of the city, will be recounted Wednesday starting at 8:30 a.m.
A candidate has 20 days from the date of the recanvassing of the vote, which was on May 23 this year, to file with the attorney general’s office to ask for a recount. Mills requested one on the last day, County Clerk Kristina Glascock said.
Hall beat Mills 4,532 to 2,824 countywide in the May Republican primary, and Hall won 265-158 in the precincts in question, with a majority in all three, according to the numbers on the county website. Twin Falls Precinct 10, where Hall got 72 votes and Mills got 55, according to the current totals, was the closest of the three.
If the recount of those three precincts shows Mills to be ahead, though, a countywide recount would be triggered.
Mills didn’t return calls for comment Thursday.
Hall said he didn’t know why Mills asked for a recount.
“I don’t understand it,” he said.
Mills represents District 2, which mostly covers the city of Twin Falls. Commissioners are supposed to live in the district they represent but are elected at-large by everyone in the county.
Unless an election is extremely close, Idaho code says, the person requesting a recount pays for it. If Mills were to end up ahead in the three precincts after a recount, though, the county would pay for a countywide recount.