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D91 Trustee Lara Hill survives recall vote

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IDAHO FALLS — A recall election in Idaho Falls School District 91 was unsuccessful due to insufficient voter participation.

On Tuesday, a slight majority of voters did cast ballots to get Board Trustee Lara Hill removed from office. However, the number of votes did not exceed the threshold needed to move forward with the action.

A total of 739 people voted, with 374 people voting to recall, and 365 people voting not to recall. Hill would have needed 591 yes votes to be removed from office. That number was derived from Idaho Code, which requires a recall vote be higher than the number of votes a candidate received during the last general election, in this case, in November 2019.

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The recall effort, led by a group called D91 Students Come First, centered around how Hill voted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She voted in favor of high school students having limited in-person classes last fall due to the coronavirus. The group was against hybrid or online-only coursework.

Recall efforts were also initiated against Trustees Hillary Radcliffe and Elizabeth Cogliati. Both trustees also survived recall votes during a March election.

For more on Tuesday’s election visit the Bonneville County Election website.

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