With as small of a margin of victory for Pocatello’s Proposition 1, it seems like this battle is still too close to call. Today we bring you an update on what both sides of the issue see in the future.
Since the margin of victory was over 0.10% the state requires for an automatic recount, the first thing “Vote Yes” would have to do is fund the $3,800.00 it would cost to recount at all the precincts, which they feel would be yet another stair step in their continuing uphill battle.
“David versus Goliath, and we were certainly David,” said a spokesman for Vote Yes Pocatello, Ralph Lillig.
“Fair Pocatello” is thought to have raised about $85,000 throughout their campaign thanks to donors outside of the state of Idaho, versus “Vote Yes” $9,00 budget.
“It cost them about $20 a vote, it cost us $0.91 a vote,” added Lillig.
“Vote Yes” Pocatello’s effort to keep what they say are their property rights still failed by 80 votes though, and they have 20 days to decide if they can fund, or even want to go through the effort of a recount.
“People get the government they deserve, they get the laws they deserve,” said Lillig, “I don’t think our community deserves this law because our community has always been a very caring community, this is a cause that‘s been forced on our community by the people that want to change the sociological structure of the family.”
“Fair Pocatello” agrees that our community got the law they deserve, and the interests of the community were displayed as the numbers came in.
Brenda Stanley, co-chair of Fair Pocatello told us, “We all want to be a part of this community and be accepted, and I hope that they will go forward and just realize this is what the community wanted and went out and voted for it.”
“Fair Pocatello” stresses that this ordinance is not just for those who live in the Gate City right now, but also those who look to relocating here. Fair Pocatello reached their goal and doesn’t have any plans to continue forward as an organized group, but are hoping that other communities around the state can go follow their lead.
“With any luck, 10, 20, 50 years from now we will all look back and go I can’t believe we had to go to that effort, but I’m glad we did,” added Stanley.
Ralph Lillig also told us that he would like to be done with the proposition, it's been very exhausting for he and his family, but if there is a push from enough people from “Vote Yes Pocatello”, they will visit the idea of requesting a recount.