Local elections wrapped up Tuesday night across the Treasure Valley, and one Meridian City Council candidate is requesting a recount.
Political newcomer and self-described “true common-sense conservative” Mike Hon faced incumbent Luke Cavener for Seat 6 on the Meridian City Council. Cavener led with 6,380 votes to Hon’s 6,324 votes. Scott Garbarino, who reportedly dropped out, was also on the ballot and earned 785 votes.
After losing by a mere 56 votes, Hon wants a recount.
How does a recount work?
Chelsea Carattini, a spokesperson for the Ada County Elections office, said under Idaho statute, there is no ‘automatic trigger’ to have the state or county recount a vote. The candidate must submit a written request for a recount within 20 days after certified election results.
According to the elections office, if the difference between the vote cast and the candidate winning is less than or equal to .01% of the total votes cast, or five votes, the recount is borne by the county. This is not the case for Hon, so he will pay $100 per precinct recount.
Hon took to Facebook to state his intentions.
“Good morning Meridian. I have officially asked for a recount of votes…Stay tuned,” Hon wrote.
Cavener told BoiseDev that it’s ‘great’ that the state and country allow his challenger to make this request.
“I trust and support the integrity of the vote and the election and have the trust and support of Phil McGrane and his staff that they followed all proper procedures and laws and have an accurate count,” he said. “But what’s great about our country and our state is that Mr. Hon has this opportunity to ask to have that looked at again. And just like the clerk’s office handled count last night, I’m sure they’ll handle it well whenever that time comes.”
BoiseDev reached out to Hon for a comment but did not hear back by deadline.
Correction: an earlier version of this article said the county would have to pay.