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Coin toss for council seat

Clerk and treasurer Ashlee Langley flips a 1986 fifty-cent piece as Glen Loveland, left, and councilman Dick Galbraith await their fate with the city council Nov. 15 in Heyburn. Loveland won the toss.

HEYBURN — A Heyburn city councilman who lost a coin toss after a tie vote for a four-year seat on the council in November has asked for a recount of the votes.

Incumbent candidate Dick Galbraith and Glen Loveland tied with 112 votes each.

Galbraith requested the recount, City Clerk Ashlee Langley, said Monday.

The recount will take place at 1 p.m., Dec. 18, at the Minidoka County Judicial Building, 715 G. St., Rupert in the large magistrate courtroom.

The recount is open to the public.

Minidoka County Clerk Tonya Page said representatives from the state’s Attorney General’s Office will be present to watch.

Page said the recount will be conducted only for the four-year council seat in Heyburn, which includes two precincts and the absentee votes.

Page said Galbraith will not have to pay the cost of the recount because it was a tie vote.

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On Nov. 15 the city held a coin toss, as per Idaho law, to determine the winner.

Loveland gave Galbraith the option of choosing heads or tails and he chose heads. When the 50 cent piece was tossed into the air and landed on the carpet, tails were showing.

Loveland was declared the winner of the seat, but state law does not prevent Galbraith from asking for a recount of the votes.


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