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Idaho Republican claims state botched mail-in ballot process

This undated photo provided by the Nicholas For Congress campaign shows Republican candidate Nicholas Jones, who is seeking to represent Idaho in Congress. Jones filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, claiming that election officials botched the mail-in primary process. (Kristen McPeek/Nicholas For Congress via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Nicholas For Congress campaign shows Republican candidate Nicholas Jones, who is seeking to represent Idaho in Congress. Jones filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, claiming that election officials botched the mail-in primary process. (Kristen McPeek/Nicholas For Congress via AP)(KMVT)
Published: May. 21, 2020 at 3:53 PM MDT
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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.

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