Eagle takes a mulligan on city hall bond vote

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) - After some confusion at the polls on election day caused some Eagle residents to get the incorrect ballot, city officials have decided to have a do-over.

As we reported earlier this week, some voters who went to precincts that straddle the line between the City of Eagle and unincorporated Ada County were given ballots that did not include the proposed bond issue to purchase Eagle City Hall.

The Ada County Elections Office says that some confusion among some poll workers very early in the day caused the error. They estimate that the confusion lasted about 30 minutes.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, council members and the public had questions.

"I want to figure out how many people got screwed," said Councilman Norm Semanko.

"I want to know how many people didn't get to vote on this fundamental question," continued Semanko. "And I don't think it's right to say 'it's going to take two weeks' or 'it's going to take ten days' or 'we don't need to know.' I want to know. I want to know how many people didn't get to vote on this question."

At the meeting, a representative from the Ada County Elections Office told the council that 27 ballots had been handed out incorrectly.

The bond failed by 25 votes on election day.

After hearing some public testimony, the city council voted to hold another election at a future date.

The next general election day is May 21, 2013 but the city could decide to hold it's own special election before then.