BOISE, Idaho — A Republican candidate seeking to represent Idaho in Congress says election officials botched the mail-in primary process.
Nicholas Jones in the lawsuit filed Tuesday said the secretary of state’s website became overwhelmed and failed to meet the demand for ballot requests as the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline loomed. The lawsuit claims some people were denied their only opportunity to prepare to vote.
Jones' federal lawsuit seeks to extend the deadline for requesting a ballot until next week. Idaho this year shifted to its first-ever entirely mail-in primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jones is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher.