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Idaho Republican claims state botched mail-in ballot process

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Posted at 5:40 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:40:03-04

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.