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Meridian City Council results unchanged after recount

Candidate Mike Hon, who was 56 votes behind Luke Cavener in the Nov. 2 election, requested a recount for three precincts.
Credit: Joey Prechtl
Meridian City Hall

BOISE, Idaho — A partial recount of ballots cast in the race for Meridian City Council Seat 6 began Friday morning. The results of the election were unchanged following the recount.

In the three-candidate race, Luke Cavener was the apparent winner following the Nov. 2 election. Cavener had a 56-vote lead over Mike Hon, who submitted a written request to the Idaho Attorney General for the recount of three precincts: 1418, 1420 and 2003.

The Attorney General's Office ordered Ada County to impound the ballots and conduct the recount. That recount began at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, with a Logic and Accuracy test to confirm the vote-tabulation equipment is in order. The test consisted of a hand recount of 5% of ballots cast in the council race, followed by a machine recount of the same ballots to ensure the accuracy of the tabulation machines. All absentee and early-voting ballots were also recounted.

You may observe the recount from the observation room at the Ada County Elections Office, located at 400 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise, or on the Ada County Elections website camera feed.


If the results from Nov. 2 stand, Cavener will win a third term on the Meridian City Council, and complete an election sweep by incumbents on the council. Treg Bernt and Joe Borton won re-election to seats 2 and 4. Council members Liz Strader (Seat 1), Brad Hoaglun (Seat 3) and Jessica Perreault (Seat 5) have two years remaining in their terms, as does Meridan Mayor Robert Simison.

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