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Two former N. Idaho lawmakers seeking reelection won't be on May ballot

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

As the May primaries quickly approach, two former north Idaho lawmakers running for re-election are no longer on the ballot.

It all comes down to missing deadlines.

Under the Idaho Constitution, candidates must register in their county one year prior to the election.

But the Idaho Secretary of State's Office says Kathy Sims didn’t register until just three months ago to run in the Post Falls district.

A week ago, it was too late for Phil Hart, the state said. Hart planned on running in the 7th district under a Kellogg P.O. box.

Both of their names will be blacked out on their respective ballots.

Idaho Secretary of State Chief Deputy Tim Hurst says this isn’t the first time he’s had this happen in his time with the state.

“Since 2006, it's happened 12 times, but not this close to the election,” Hurst said, “Normally, we catch it before that and there were about at least three that I know of that we when they tried to file declaration of candidacy and they had not been registered for a year."

The Secretary of State’s office sent a letter to both Hart and Sims saying “your name will be marked out and no votes counted.”

Meanwhile, Kathy Sims is not taking no for an answer.

She put out a statement on Facebook saying she meets the standards set by the Idaho Constitution and she’ll fight vigorously to stay on the ballot.

Idaho residents will hit the polls May 15, 2018.

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