BOISE -- A lawyer for Rep. George Hansen has filed a lawsuit alleging thousands of illegal votes were cast in the Republican's narrow election loss to Democrat Richard Stallings.
The suit, filed late Tuesday in 4th District Court, seeks to void Stallings' victory and have new elections held in the affected precincts - all of them in Blaine County.
In the civil complaint, filed on behalf of Ada County resident Lucille Nokleby, Hansen attorney John Sutton of Boise said thousands of ballots were illegally cast by voters with 'bad' addresses.
He said that since so many votes were cast by people with allegedly insufficient proof of residency, the ballots should be declared void and new elections should be conducted in 13 affected precincts.
The suit said the supposed illegal votes 'are sufficient in number to change the result of the ... election.'
Sutton and Nokleby could not be reached for comment today. Stallings and his attorney, Lynn Winmill of Pocatello, also were unavailable.
According to state-certified results and Hansen-requested recounts in 45 of the 2nd Congressional District's 451 precincts, Stallings, a Ricks College history professor, defeated the embattled incumbent by 170 votes out of the more than 202,000 cast.
After Attorney General Jim Jones refused Tuesday to conduct a districtwide recount that Hansen demanded, Sutton said he planned to appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court to win a complete retabulation.
The district court lawsuit filed by Sutton was the latest legal maneuver in Hansen's bid to overcome his election defeat and personal legal problems, which apparently precipitated his loss.
Hansen is appealing his four felony convictions and five-to 15-month prison sentence for violating the U.S. Ethics in Government Act by failing to report to Congress $334,000 in loans and other financial deals.