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Ballot shortages turn voters away from polls

By Mary Vorsino / Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 01:42 a.m. HST, Nov 07, 2012


Despite lower voter turnout compared with 2008, at least 21 polling places on Oahu ran out of paper ballots Tuesday, making for long lines and long waits for hundreds of voters, some of whom decided the wait to cast a ballot wasn’t worth the time.

Election officials blamed the ballot shortage on higher-than-expected turnouts at some precincts and incorrect estimates about how many ballots were needed.

Overall, voter turnout declined from the presidential election four years ago.

About 61 percent of registered voters — or about 432,000 people — cast ballots, according to the state Office of Elections, compared with 66 percent in 2008, or about 456,000 people.

At the polling places where paper ballots ran out, long lines formed for the single electronic voting machine assigned to each precinct.

Eric Sani­atan, 23, spent more than two hours in line at Kaleiopuu Elementary in Waipahu to cast his ballot. Paper ballots had already run out at the polling place by 5 p.m., when Sani­atan arrived.

“People complain how Hawaii has the worst voter turnout, but yet they’re running out of ballots,” he said. “How do you run out of ballots? It’s something that needs explanation.”

The problems delayed the first printout of election results for hours.

Rex Quidilla, state elections office spokes­man, apologized and said officials were trying to determine what went wrong.

“In the light of day, we’ll be able to examine it more closely,” he said. “The most important thing is people got to exercise their right to vote.”

Meanwhile, Louise Kim McCoy, spokes­woman for the governor, said the state would “assess what happened” to avert a similar problem.

Reports of shortages of paper ballots started cropping up at about 3 p.m.

As more polling places ran out, election officials pledged to rush more to sites and ensure that those in line by 6 p.m. would get to vote.

The ballot problems were islandwide, from Holy Trinity Church in Kuli­ouou to August Ahrens Elementary in Wai­pahu and from Wai­anae Intermediate to Kai­nalu Elementary in Kailua.

At Maili Elementary, voter Debra Jacobs said dozens of people opted not to wait to cast a ballot.

Some voters drove into the parking lot, saw the line and turned around.

“This is just ridiculous,” said Jacobs, 56, as she waited to vote. “This is just uncalled for.” She said people in line were “pretty disgusted … and angry.”

The polling site at Holy Trinity Church ran out of ballots at about 4:20 p.m. Polling officials issued 1,500 numbers to people in line so they could get their turn.

Around 5:15 p.m., a supply of 900 ballots arrived, and volunteers scrambled to distribute them to a patient but irritated throng.

Carolyn Macina was given a relatively high number (No. 71) before leaving to walk her dogs. She returned around 5:45 p.m. to find hundreds of other voters crowding check-in tables inside the church gym.

“They said they didn’t anticipate so many voters showing up,” Macina said. “Excuse me? Don’t you pay attention to how many registered voters there are?”

At Waianae Intermediate, Mary-Elizabeth Nati­vi­dad, 32, said the line to vote at the electronic machine was so long some people were leaving without voting.

“People are actually walking away,” she said. “They’re not going to get to vote.”

Ballots ran out at Ala Wai Elementary at about 3 p.m., but more arrived about 30 minutes later.

Eddie Wheeler, chairman of the polling place, said he had been calling election headquarters since 10 a.m. to ask for more ballots because they were running low.

He said the problem has to be fixed before the next election.

“This is a big thing considering that this is one of the hottest elections,” he said.

The Green Party of Hawaii charged the voting problems may have affected the outcome of close races, and was calling for an investigation. Lance D. Collins, Green Party attorney, said Hokulani Elementary ran out of ballots at about 1 p.m., and a fresh supply didn’t arrive until four hours later.

“What is the remedy for the hundreds of people who were not able to vote?” he asked.

Earlier, voting at the state’s 233 precincts had been proceeding fairly smoothly.

Before the ballot shortage, Qui­dilla said there had been minor problems for voters who didn’t participate in the Aug. 11 primary.

This is the first time Hawaii voted after reapportionment, which takes place every 10 years, and “some of their polling places have been changed,” he said.

At 7 a.m. almost all of the 142 polling places on Oahu, 40 in Hawaii County, 35 on Maui and 16 on Kauai opened on time.

The only exception was Mililani High School, which opened 10 minutes late because of “a misunderstanding” during the initial setting-up process,” Qui­dilla said.

State election officials were especially concerned about operations in Hawaii County, where they took over the operations after losing confidence in the ability of County Clerk Jamae Kawa­uchi.

But there didn’t appear to be any big problems in Hawaii County this time around.

Thirteen precincts opened late during the August primary because of missteps, which were blamed on Kawa­uchi. That led Gov. Neil Abercrombie to extend voting hours in Hawaii County by 90 minutes. It was the first time since 1966 that polling hours were extended. Some polling places on Oahu had their hours extended in 1966 because of bad weather. The delays eroded public confidence in the system.

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Star-Advertiser reporter Michael Tsai contributed to this report.






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autumnrose wrote:
Amazing...could this be voter suppression in targeted districts? Star Adv did a good job after the primary of showing exactly which districts voted for which mayoral candidate, helping PRP with its get-out-the-votes for Caldwell campaign. . . .
on November 7,2012 | 01:21AM
hikine wrote:
Targeting a district which Hirono is weak so they can't vote for Lingle. This incident should be investigated. Go out and vote but wait, you can't 'cause we ran out of ballots!
on November 7,2012 | 01:55AM
inverse wrote:
i agree. Cayetano would have expected to be strong in Waipahu and Kailua and by coincidence they ran out of ballots in those areas, forcing voters to wait for hours in line to vote, with many giving up trying to vote. Is this incompetence or a conspiracy? Don't be too quick to just chalk it up on incompetence. An independent federal investigation needs to be requested and carried out.
on November 7,2012 | 03:14AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
East Honolulu locations ran out as well. We waiting for two hours as well. Posting about this maybe therapeutic for you, but I'm am making some phone calls this morning to demand an investigation.
on November 7,2012 | 07:44AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I'd use a different name on the phone :)
on November 7,2012 | 08:32AM
agile wrote:
Anyone can and should demand an investigation without fear of reprisal. It would be stupid to look the other way, the statewide local past-time.
on November 7,2012 | 09:55AM
nalogirl wrote:
I am too. My poling place had me put my ballot in an unsecured box because the macine was not working. It sure does seem fishy to me.
on November 7,2012 | 08:48AM
agile wrote:
You should report this to the Office of Elections. Never heard of putting a ballot in an "unsecured box."
on November 7,2012 | 10:29AM
nalogirl wrote:
I did call first thing this morning. The person i spoke to had no clue, but said they would get back to me. It is so frustrating. If this election was tampered with, which seems to be the case, we do need an outside investigation.
on November 7,2012 | 02:27PM
hilocal wrote:
hikine, Hirono was too far ahead of Lingle for their contest to be a target.
on November 7,2012 | 07:09AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
E-mail CNN's news tip hotline to start an investigation. http://www.cnn.com/feedback/tips/ You need them rather than Fox to reach the world.
on November 7,2012 | 07:52AM
Shh wrote:
Sad Election day for Hawaii nei. No one should be happy for what has happened. It was not a fair election and that should cause more people to not vote at all in the future.
on November 7,2012 | 07:49AM
hikine wrote:
I believe this is a conspiracy of the Democrats. Did they intentionally short change the ballots where the candidates that lost would've won? And StarAdvertiser were quick to announce a winner even before the polls were closed! This should be investigated.
on November 7,2012 | 01:49AM
rsgea wrote:
I found it a bit suspicious that some of the polling places, like Ala Wai, were calling HQ about the ballot-shortage problem as early as 10:00am but more ballots weren't delivered until 5 or more hours later.

Perhaps the Honolulu elections should be INVALIDATED, and have a make-up special election


on November 7,2012 | 06:34AM
Shh wrote:
So did I! Didn't that just look so convenient? I immediately felt like this was going to be a fixed election and of course again we are forced to take what we get! I'm ashamed to say that I was born and raised here.
on November 7,2012 | 07:53AM
Shh wrote:
It could have been?? We are still trying to figure that one out ourselves because it just doesn't seem like it was a fair election.
on November 7,2012 | 07:51AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
First there was the sly "Shall the rail be steel-on-steel" vote and now the ballot shortages in anti-rail strong areas. Hmmmmmm....
on November 7,2012 | 08:15AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Complete nonsense.
on November 7,2012 | 01:12PM
rhs763 wrote:
Terminate the Chief Election Officer! So Hawaii County is enept in running an election - what's Nago's excuse for this blunder?
on November 7,2012 | 01:59AM
kiragirl wrote:
Really. Believe it or not, I think I could have done a better job. No insight, no control, and no brains!
on November 7,2012 | 06:02AM
bender wrote:
That was my first thought. They took over the Big Island election process but can't even get ballots to voters on Oahu. I bet the City Clerk on the Big Island served them some crow to eat. What makes if even more ironic is that some people received more than one absentee ballot.
on November 7,2012 | 08:23AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Look at the bottom line. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:45AM
boshio wrote:
Absolutely, Fire the governor. Better yet, he should resign now.
on November 7,2012 | 01:32PM
Kapakahi wrote:
WRONG. You have written this repeatedly, but without bothering to check your "facts" before posting. The Chief Elections Officer is deliberately shielded from the Governor's control in order to increase the Office's independence from political control. The CEO is hired by the members of the Election Commission. There are 9 of them. Two each are appointed by the top Republican in the House and Senate and the top Democrat in the House and Senate. The 9th is chosen by the other 8. SO the Governor appoints ZERO members of the Commission which hires (or fires) the Chief Elections Officer. And Republicans and Democrats have equal power over the Commission appointments.
on August 11,2013 | 08:09AM
LMO wrote:
"Rex Quidilla, state elections office spokes­man, apologized and said officials were trying to determine what went wrong." It's obvious what went wrong, Rex. You are incompetent and should not be in that job. Retire, or someone should fire him!
on November 7,2012 | 02:22AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
He's just the spokesman. Root cause of election blunders is Scott Nago. Get rid of him.
on November 7,2012 | 05:36AM
agile wrote:
Agreed. I've watched him during media interviews and he can barely speak correct English.
on November 7,2012 | 10:31AM
boshio wrote:
Nago should fire himself for this screw-up.
on November 7,2012 | 02:56PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Look at the bottom line. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:46AM
Kapakahi wrote:
WRONG. You have written this repeatedly, but without bothering to check your "facts" before posting. The Chief Elections Officer is deliberately shielded from the Governor's control in order to increase the Office's independence from political control. The CEO is hired by the members of the Election Commission. There are 9 of them. Two each are appointed by the top Republican in the House and Senate and the top Democrat in the House and Senate. The 9th is chosen by the other 8. SO the Governor appoints ZERO members of the Commission which hires (or fires) the Chief Elections Officer. And Republicans and Democrats have equal power over the Commission appointments.
on August 11,2013 | 08:09AM
magicman1433 wrote:
Couldn't agree more. How many blunders have to happen before he's held accountable? First Hawaii County, then Oahu...which county will be next? Curious how this article about this current snafu doesn't even mention Nago. Get rid of him. Talk about integrity of the system...
on November 7,2012 | 06:57PM
Papakolea wrote:
I can tell you what went wrong. Incompetence. One of the reasons for low voter turnout in Hawaii is that the races are often so lopsided that a lot of people figure "Why vote?". In this case, there were so many close races that the elections officials should have anticipated a higher turnout. Bachi Scott Nago.
on November 7,2012 | 05:59AM
Shh wrote:
That's what I said! Why should the people vote if we can't seem to get our stuff together? It is ridiculous and very shameful.
on November 7,2012 | 07:54AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
We vote because it's our right and our responsibility. We have gone to war to win the right to vote for otther countries but the number of registered voter doesn't reflect the respect this concept. The number of registered voters compared to the number of registered voters is a disgrace to the those who fought to keep our rights intact. We have three option: Early Walk-In; Write in Absentee and Election Day. I salute those who wait in line for hours across the United States and here in Hawaii to vote. They deserve our respect and admiration. Next time we need to do a better job at ensuring we have ample ballots at the polls. Where does the buck stop? Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:52AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
It's the bottom line. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:46AM
Kapakahi wrote:
WRONG. You have written this repeatedly, but without bothering to check your "facts" before posting. The Chief Elections Officer is deliberately shielded from the Governor's control in order to increase the Office's independence from political control. The CEO is hired by the members of the Election Commission. There are 9 of them. Two each are appointed by the top Republican in the House and Senate and the top Democrat in the House and Senate. The 9th is chosen by the other 8. SO the Governor appoints ZERO members of the Commission which hires (or fires) the Chief Elections Officer. And Republicans and Democrats have equal power over the Commission appointments.
on August 11,2013 | 08:09AM
Workingrl wrote:
Actually for Honolulu it is the City Clerk that is responsible for elections.
on November 7,2012 | 06:57AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Fact check: Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:53AM
Kapakahi wrote:
FACT CHECK back at you. You are spreading misinformation. The Chief Elections Officer is deliberately shielded from the Governor's control in order to increase the Office's independence from political control. The CEO is hired by the members of the Election Commission. There are 9 of them. Two each are appointed by the top Republican in the House and Senate and the top Democrat in the House and Senate. The 9th is chosen by the other 8. SO the Governor appoints ZERO members of the Commission which hires (or fires) the Chief Elections Officer. And Republicans and Democrats have equal power over the Commission appointments.
on August 11,2013 | 08:10AM
bender wrote:
Why does the elections office need a spokeman? Seems like government is loaded with them. Let's have the person responsbile be the spokesperson.
on November 7,2012 | 08:24AM
roughandtough wrote:
Could have been a different out come for Cayetano.D'Jou and Lingle if the ballots were properly supplied !! Imagine all of the voters who walked or drove away because of the long lines and the wait ! How would you like to be the pesron, after a long day at work and have to deal with this, wait in line to find out...gotta wait longer for balots and this takes hours. I say do a redo ...vote again and this time have the correct amount of ballots and be fair to all the candidates and the voters !!!
on November 7,2012 | 03:59AM
Shh wrote:
Exactly, I wouldn't want to wait as well. They shouldn't have to wait longer to vote. They should be given the same opportunity to vote the same way as everyone else.
on November 7,2012 | 07:56AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Everyone had the opportunity to vote early when the walk-in sites were open Monday thru Saturday before election day and there were mail in ballots. Get serious.
on November 7,2012 | 11:05AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:38PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Come on! the results were too strong to help the losers: Cayetano, Lingle and D'Jou. Look at Florida, they had to stand in line in adverse conditions and they still voted for Obama even though the GOP candidates were cranking up the tears. Get a gip. Lingle's lies finally did her in as did those of Cayetano. I voted early to avoid the rush. I stood in line at HNL Hale and considerate it an honor and duty to vote. Put the credit for the lack of ballots at the feet of the one ultimately responsible: Gov. Neil. If he was trying to save $$$ by short changing the number of ballots printed, it was a penny wise, pound foolish decision. Shame on him. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:54AM
omd111 wrote:
TERMINATE the Elections Officer. Always looked like a dope and this proves his worth.
on November 7,2012 | 04:53AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Look at the Big Picture. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:55AM
kauai wrote:
OK, then by your "big picture" viewpoint, the Governor should be terminated. After all, the buck stops at his desk (not that I wouldn't mind having the Governor terminated anyway/too, but that's an arguement for another discussion/thread).
on November 7,2012 | 01:45PM
turbolink wrote:
Would that be the governor who was almost doing backflips on stage confirming for the world press who won in Hawaii a half hour before the scheduled poll closing, two or more hours before they finally did? Yep, he needs to stand in the corner for that one.
on November 7,2012 | 03:36PM
akuman808 wrote:
Many of these people had ample opportunity to vote via absentee ballot. What appears to be last minute decisions to vote probably coincides with these same people filing their taxes at the last minute. I voted for Ben but would not cite his lost to the running out of ballots. The problems are so much deeper and cynical within the entire system. Congrats to the pro-rail supporters, enjoy your new jobs and your expensive choo choo. Aloha.
on November 7,2012 | 05:02AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
My sentiments exactly, akuman808.
on November 7,2012 | 05:36AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Are you two making excuses for a ridiculous error? There should have been X number of ballots present for X number of register voters. How simple is that? They ballots were printed already...why not have them where they were supposed to be?

How would you like Queen's Emergency to be managed like this?


on November 7,2012 | 05:20PM
hilocal wrote:
akuman, there's nothing wrong with filing your taxes at the last minute if you meet the deadline.
on November 7,2012 | 07:21AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Election Day was November 6. That's when people expect to vote. "People had ample opportunity to vote via absentee ballot"? Why should people viote absentee when the election is set for a particular day? I myself didn't vote early because I wanted to see what would play out in the final days of the campaign in a num,ber of different races. It doesn't make sense to vote for Candidate A in advance by absentee ballot if the weekend before the lection Candidate A is revealed to be a crook or a scoundrel.
on November 7,2012 | 07:36AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Here's the difference. I do my homework on the candidates during the Primary and again after the Primary. Then I vote for the candidate I can trust. I don't wait to see who others are going to vote for or how the polls are going. The candidates who have worked against the benefit of the average worker, will never get my vote. We have the THREE opportunities to consider when we take our job as a voter seriously: Early walk-in on Monday through Saturday prior to election; mail-in absentee and on Election Day. Instead of whining, call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:17AM
GeoDiva wrote:
Not everyone can early vote and there is no guarantee that an absentee ballot will arrive and be counted. The people who showed up at after 5pm are hard working folks who came after a long day on the job and ended up getting screwed by our inept election officials who somehow can't count!
on November 7,2012 | 07:28AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
We have the THREE opportunities to consider when we take our job as a voter seriously: Early walk-in on Monday through Saturday prior to election; mail-in absentee and on Election Day. Instead of whining, call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:17AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:48PM
Shh wrote:
They should be able to vote when and how they want to. They don't have to do the absentee ballot. That's exactly what happened! The ballots were absent for many of them that turned up to vote!
on November 7,2012 | 07:57AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
We have the THREE opportunities to consider when we take our job as a voter seriously: Early walk-in on Monday through Saturday prior to election; mail-in absentee and on Election Day. Instead of whining, call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:18AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:49PM
SandBar wrote:
Sorry but is a lame excuse. I suppose it's the rape victim's fault for being raped.
on November 7,2012 | 09:52AM
agile wrote:
What do you mean, "last minute" We all have until 6pm to vote!
on November 7,2012 | 10:32AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I was there at 2:30 and got stuck.
on November 7,2012 | 05:22PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Thank you for a clear and concise evaluation of the situation! Mahalo nui loa!!!
on November 7,2012 | 11:06AM
nalogirl wrote:
Are you kidding me. so its the voters fault for not voting early, what a lame excuse.
on November 7,2012 | 02:31PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Obviously the printout of numbered registered voters for each precinct should determine the number of ballots that would be available plus a dozen extras for unusual circumstances. It's not uncommon for Hawaii's voting officials to screw up something that is as simple as 1 & 1=2. Don't blame people for being frustrated and leaving the polls after a hard days work because of officials not taking care of business that should have been a routine.
on November 7,2012 | 05:07AM
Squidy wrote:
Who will step up and take responsibility for this debacle? Blame the voters for turning out in large numbers? No way. Obviously poor management by the State Elections Office.
on November 7,2012 | 05:11AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:18AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:50PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
REPLACE SCOTT NAGO!!! He's always come across as arrogant. He did not support that clerk on the Big Island and even tho she's equally inept, the general showed how inept Nago is. Everyone was expecting a bigger than usual turnout and yet he managed to mess it up. We already have the nation's lowest voter turnout and this only makes people not want to vote. We need someone who's qualified.
on November 7,2012 | 05:35AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:19AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:50PM
boshio wrote:
Give it back to the governor's office. Shultz doesn't have enough to do now days.
on November 7,2012 | 01:37PM
leoscott wrote:
We really got some idiots running the election. You figured if you got 10 thousand registered voters in that particular precinct you should have 10 thousand paper ballots. They had the extra ballots but just didn't have it on site. duh!
on November 7,2012 | 06:03AM
Shh wrote:
Yeah...guess PRP was holding the ballots and couldn't move fast enough to drop them off to the sites that needed them.
on November 7,2012 | 07:59AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
LOL Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:20AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:50PM
harley1 wrote:
yeah - no train to transport the ballots......
on November 7,2012 | 07:12PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:20AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:50PM
Bdpapa wrote:
This not only an embarrassment but it is unacceptable. This is a reflection of the current administration. This goes straight to the person on top, Governor. He's been wheeling and dealing since he came in. Guess what Abs, you figured wrong. Stop short changing the citizenry and your people. No wonder they all can't wait to do one year and get out!
on November 7,2012 | 06:04AM
hilocal wrote:
Bdpapa, the elections office is independent of the governor, for good reason. There's a lot to blame the governor for, like the PLDC, but not this one.
on November 7,2012 | 07:25AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Didn't know that. So who runs the elections and who holds them accountable?
on November 7,2012 | 08:59AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:25AM
masteruke wrote:
the gov didn't appoint Nago was Lingle I believe
on November 7,2012 | 11:47AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:51PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:24AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:51PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
The buck stops at the Governor's desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:22AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:51PM
1stnewspaper wrote:
The voting management should be fired!!! They had less equipment at the voting sites. There was one third of the equipment (voting machines) since the last election pluse less ballots. How could they put less into the most biggest main election!! What happen we were like the Big island? I waited in Pearl City, Manana for 2 & half hours to vote at closing.
on November 7,2012 | 06:06AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Thank you for waiting. I hope you met some nice people waiting in line. What a great story to tell that you valued your voting rights to wait in line for 2 & a half hours. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:27AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:51PM
kiragirl wrote:
I am curious about the votes in each princinct and which princincts had a shortage of ballots. Am also curious what lame excuses were/are to be given for this snafu.
on November 7,2012 | 06:13AM
hawaiikone wrote:
When I voted, I signed a book that contained all the potential voters names. Obviously, correct preparation would seem to require enough ballots to accommodate each voter. Whether the shortage was due to an over estimation of electronic voters or something else, it's inexcusable. Hawaii has settled for incompetence so frequently it's practically the norm.
on November 7,2012 | 06:19AM
egghead wrote:
I wish Nago would be man enough to face the people himself. When it was time to pile on BI County Clerk he wan on TV...now he blows it and is no where to be found. The silence from him is deafening.
on November 7,2012 | 06:21AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:27AM
kauai wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 01:52PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Obviously, it only holds true that the number of registered voters on a printout for each precinct should determine the number of paper ballots plus a couple of dozen more for unusual circumstances. Why would there be any reason for a shortage of paper ballots unless there were many errors made before voters surrendered their ballots. Don't blame voters for being frustrated and impatient in long lines and leaving the polls without voting after a hard day at work because of some voting official incompetence. This is not the first time that Hawaii voters have encountered some kind of mess up at the polls that was caused by the voting officials oversight. Something as simple as this should not have occurred not only at one precinct but several others too. People's right to vote and candidates not receiving the votes occurred because of the lack of responsiiblities by voting officials.
on November 7,2012 | 06:24AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Thanks for doing the math. Another fact to be considered is that 50% of the voters on Oahu voted early or by Absentee ballot. This still does not explain the decision not to print enough ballots for election day. Saving pennies on ballots was a terrible decision. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:30AM
DCAAA wrote:
I got this one kauai.. Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 08:01PM
hungryhawn wrote:
Third world country at its best!
on November 7,2012 | 06:25AM
McCully wrote:
Next time vote absentee. Nago blames the big island for mess ups, look at his own back yard. He needs to be replaced.
on November 7,2012 | 06:28AM
hilocal wrote:
McCully, some of us couldn't vote early because we were still trying to learn more about the OHA candidates and constitution and charter amendments before voting.
on November 7,2012 | 07:33AM
wayam wrote:
Totally agree with you. Ever since Nago took over the position a few years ago, I have had very little confidence in his ability to be in charge of elections, simply from the content of his thoughts and whenever he spoke in public, on the news, etc. And he wanted to fix the Big Island's problems? Kawauchi on the Big Island seems far more competent than he is. I wonder how he ascended to this position?
on November 7,2012 | 07:58AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:31AM
DCAAA wrote:
Get real! Some/many of us choose to vote on ELECTION DAY. What part of that concept escapes you? Obviously there were enough ballots, just not enough at the given precinct sites. Why? Seems like poor planning and/or gross incompetance, or heaven forbid, a conspiratorial plan to suppress voting. Heads should roll, but looking at past history and examples, no one will be fired; just re-assigned to a newly created position so they can while away their time until retirement, all at the taxpayer's expense. Welcome to the modern world...
on November 7,2012 | 08:01PM
edster48 wrote:
Total incompetence at best, conspiracy to commit voter fraud at worst. This needs to be investigated by an independent agency to prevent a cover up. Someone should be fired or prosecuted. There is NO excuse for this.
on November 7,2012 | 06:34AM
pero wrote:
McCully and edester48 I agree with both of you. something seems wrong and needs to be investigated!!!
on November 7,2012 | 07:10AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Make calls or write. Posting will do nothing. You'll be amazed (and gratified) at how fast government agencies and politicians will move when you call personally. I got my street paved with just one phone call.
on November 7,2012 | 07:48AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:32AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:31AM
Workingrl wrote:
Election officials should make sure each precinct has as many paper ballots as there are registered voters. Paper is cheap. Not having the ability to vote is a travesty.
on November 7,2012 | 06:40AM
Hubster wrote:
Maybe we need to let John White and the Pacific Resource Partnership work on voter ballot problems... they've certainly demonstrated their ability to fix things!
on November 7,2012 | 07:00AM
ghstar wrote:
It was reported that the ballots had been printed but were not distributed to the voting places. Why would you print ballots and then keep them in the warehouse? That makes no sense at all. Isn't there a checklist to go over to make sure everything is in place and ready to go prior to voting day? Who appoints and supervises the election officials? Abercrombie seemed pretty vague and dismissive of the problems last night. Is he not paying attention?
on November 7,2012 | 07:05AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:33AM
kimpira wrote:
BACHI !!!
on November 7,2012 | 07:13AM
opihi123 wrote:
Why was the voting site for hahaione/hawaii kai switched to holy trinity from hahaione elementary? The new site has limited parking. cars were backed up out onto Kalanianaole Hwy.
on November 7,2012 | 07:15AM
eastside808 wrote:
Agree, saw the mess yesterday that brought the right lane to a total standstill. Who in their right mind would have selected Holy Trinity to be a voting site? Hate to shoot the messengers, but some of the people in the elections office should be relieved of their duties and reassigned to the upper echelon of the DOE or possibly work for the HSTA union office where incompetence is the norm.
on November 7,2012 | 08:03AM
kahuku01 wrote:
On many occasions, one would wonder how do these incompetent people get appointed by the city and state government. Lately, city and state government officials haven been using poor judgement in their decision making that have affected the general public. The bus, Wahiawa bridge, poor planning for the rail system, recycling program, West Oahu UH, voting system (absentee ballots/paper ballots.) And I agree, why select a voting place that have limited parking and located next to a busy highway. That's what you call government official stupidity (no insight of anticipated problems for parking and traffic.) But you know what, they're still doing the same job and continuously messing up. The government requires more dedicated people with common sense that will get the job done without issues affecting the public.
on November 7,2012 | 08:34AM
haolepino wrote:
And the people responsible for the ballot shortages will ALL keep their jobs with FULL benefits........
on November 7,2012 | 07:24AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:34AM
GeoDiva wrote:
Something is rotten in Denmark (Honolulu Hale)!
on November 7,2012 | 07:29AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Please know who is ultimately responsible for the Voting Process. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:34AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
This is inexcusable incompetence. As one of the perople interviewed in the story said, there should have been a ballot for every registered voter at each polling place. If all of them don't show up, so what? I saw the Governor ask about this problem on TV last night and he gave a mealy-mouthed answer and acted like it was no big deal. Wrong again, Neil. Who's in charge of Oahu voting? Heads should roll (but they won't of course). The right to vote is one of our precious possessions as Americans, and to hear of people walking away from the polls because there weren't enough ballots is disgusting.
on November 7,2012 | 07:30AM
haolepino wrote:
TERRIBLE response from our Governor....what an embarrassment
on November 7,2012 | 07:34AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:35AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Seriously, kapoleitalkstory, do you have some kind of a disorder? You have posted the same post more than a dozen times so far in this thread. Once would have been enough to make your point.
on November 7,2012 | 01:21PM
palolo wrote:
IMHO, they should have at least enough ballots for all the voters on the list at each polling place. Maybe even some more in case of mistakes, spoilage or whatever. Their claim of security IMO is unfounded as each ballot is numbered. You control the ballots by number. Number issued and number remaining equals total brought out to each polling place. That's why you number the ballots. Ask any CPA why documents are numbered. Office of Elections cannot estimate usage as that's not their job. Their job is to allow all who want to vote the opportunity to vote even if it cost more for over printing.
on November 7,2012 | 07:49AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
From my experience working at the polls, there were always boxes of unused ballots when the polls closed. What is the bottom line? Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:37AM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
In today's world of IT and electronic gadetry, running out of material is just plain unfathomable to think and shows a volcanic lack of planning on the part of government that should take care of such things. Some heads should roll.......
on November 7,2012 | 07:58AM
Mahalo wrote:
They were so quick to place blame on Big Island so they sent out all the resources their. But they forgot to check their own backyard!!! Did they really think that Lady on the BI was going to make the same mistake?? She was eaten alive after the general.. Now what they SCREWED UP!! Need to pull them in and embaress them all of the news like they did to her.
on November 7,2012 | 08:12AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
We need to look at the big picture in the case of the missing blank ballots. Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:38AM
kennie1933 wrote:
This isn't the first election Hawaii has ever done because if it was, I'd excuse what happened. But you would think after all this time that there is some sort of manual or procedures in writing so that you do not have to reinvent the wheel every election? And if minute chages occur, then a simple manual update would be all that is needed. Seems like everytime there is a change in election officials, all of a sudden we have to start from scratch.
on November 7,2012 | 08:25AM
jenstar wrote:
I believe an investigation should take place. I remember getting a phone call to see who I would be voting for in the mayoral race. From this poll they had taken, they would know which districts to target, and they succeeded in taking away the rights of people to vote in a timely manner by this conspiracy. Shame, shame on you who are involved.
on November 7,2012 | 08:28AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
The bottom line is who is ultimately in charge? Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:39AM
sunnyd808 wrote:
I believe the shortage of ballots had to do with this whole RAIL issue. How can you run out of ballots? Each school has a list of registered voters, so shouldn't there be AT LEAST that amount of ballots at eah location. Duh!! I believe this was a fixed election and someone out there stuffed all the ballots somewhere so this would be FIXED!!!!!! I say to let all the people who didn't get a chance to vote yesterday to vote TODAY and take the results after they're done voting. It's the right thing to do. SO SHAME!!!!!
on November 7,2012 | 09:07AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Hard to prove a conspiracy but yes, the SIMPLE thing to do would have been to check the voter list at each precinct and provide that number of ballots. Maybe even throw in a few "extras."
on November 7,2012 | 09:50AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
The bottom line who is responsible. Not rail as there were many more candidates and issues at stake. What the bottom line? Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:41AM
Larry01 wrote:
Yes, there were foul-ups. But come on, spare the sane world the conspiracy theories.
on November 7,2012 | 09:12AM
kalaoa wrote:
Where is Scott? Hey, lots of weeds in your yard. Stay home and take care of your own instead of pointing fingers and blame...Take it on the chin now....one for the "team". Bet NOT!
on November 7,2012 | 09:14AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Where's allie?
on November 7,2012 | 09:30AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
She went home to North Dakota to vote.
on November 7,2012 | 01:22PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Tee hee!
on November 7,2012 | 05:27PM
WF808 wrote:
Scott Nago should get no more, and no less, leeway with this than he showed Jamae Kawauchi
on November 7,2012 | 09:29AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Back when Kawauchi was targeted for being incompetent (and I agree to some extent), I placed blame on Nago because, after all, if you OK a person to be in charge of something so important, then you must have also agreed that she was capable of doing the job via your training procedures. Is that a guarantee that the person will do a good job? No, but if something happens, then as the person in charge, YOU need to take responsibility and either try to re-train or replace. So, I guess his option for the general was to replace. I hope he has the same option for himself.
on November 7,2012 | 09:54AM
bullturd wrote:
Bachi !
on November 7,2012 | 10:55AM
sdlc808 wrote:
There is no basis for a conspiracy theory...the margin is too big between Cayetano and Caldwell, Lingle and Hirono. I thought that was pretty obvious.
on November 7,2012 | 09:44AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Thank you!!!
on November 7,2012 | 11:42AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
What's the old saying? "Never ascribe to conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence."
on November 7,2012 | 12:28PM
agile wrote:
Such blatant stupidity. Who hires these people and who oversees them? Are they drug-tested?
on November 7,2012 | 09:55AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Good comment! Who appoints those running the Office of Elections? Answer: The Hawaii State Governor. The buck ultimately stops at his desk. Call the Governor 586-0034. The buck stops with him. Where were the ballots? In the past when I would work at the polls there were always a surplus of ballots. Where were the ballots, Governor?
on November 7,2012 | 11:43AM
ValleyOhana wrote:
I actually think that while this incident clearly indicates a flaw in the planning and implementation of the process, I think back to the Kevin Cronin days as Chief Elections officials and would take Scott Nago as Elections Chief anyday. An Elections Chief not even registered to vote in the state he served, he was certainly out for himself without a care of anyone else, no respect for the voters. We are turning an implementation issue into conspiracy theories without all the facts and its completely ridiculous. I, for one, have more faith in our process and our people. I am so glad we did not have partisan elections processes(Husted in OH or the Governor in FL) where there were serious and viable concerns of voter obstruction. While definitely inconvenient, we still had the ability to exercise our right to vote. I voted via absentee ballot for the first time this year and loved it!!
on November 7,2012 | 10:41AM
Kaipo wrote:
There was an error for approximately 6000 registered voters that were eligible to vote in both Council 5 & 6 races. To this date, neither the Office of Elections or the City Clerk's Office have admitted to this error or advised the affected voters and public.
on November 7,2012 | 10:47AM
culi wrote:
You send your best election officials to the big island and what you got left, people that can't count the amount of ballot left for heavy period.
on November 7,2012 | 10:52AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Let's put the blame where it belongs: at the feet of the Governor. The buck stops at his desk. Saving money on ample ballots is poor judgment indeed!
on November 7,2012 | 10:54AM
jankenpo wrote:
Get Kawauchi to come to Oahu and straighten this thing out. Absolutely no excuse. This will be "investigated", excuses will be made and swept under the rug. The objective was met. Do all possible to ensure that Cayetano does not win. Wouldn't be surprised if someone in the US Senate and the Gov had something to do with this. Realistically, I don't think Cayetano would have won anyway.
on November 7,2012 | 10:58AM
whatcanisay wrote:
Tenth in line to pick up my ballot. Picked it up, went in to the booth and realized it was in Japanese. The volunteer said I had to go back in line to pick up and sign off another ballot. 15th in line to pick up my ballot. Picked it up, checked to see if it was in English and went to the booth. Voted and then waited in line to drop off my ballot. Volunteer said to tear off bottom. Did not have a bottom to my ballot. Told him I don't need one. He said you must have one. 12th in line to pick up my ballot. Picked it up, checked to see if it was in English and made sure there was a bottom piece to tear off. Voted, 10th in line to drop off ballot, and of course, my ballot jams the machine! The same volunteer tried to straighten it out and said "If it doesn't work, you know what you have to do." There was about twenty people in my line! Thankfully, it went in and I was done doing my civic duty.
on November 7,2012 | 11:01AM
agile wrote:
I'd call Advertiser and tell them your story. Ridiculous! You should not have gone back in line when it was the worker who gave you the wrong ballot.
on November 7,2012 | 12:14PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You should not have worn the Ben for Mayor tee shirt. There's your problem.
on November 7,2012 | 12:26PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Yer killin' me Neko.
on November 7,2012 | 05:29PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Maybe it's procedure, but that's ridiculous. No reason for you to have to go though that mess when it was their fault. Good for you for hanging in there.
on November 7,2012 | 04:01PM
tasod wrote:
I blame the silly elections chief who screwed everything up and not training the volunteers. I assume he collects a paycheck all through the year just for two days "on stage." He needs to go. The poor volunteers left stranded dealing with this Nago mess. And to think we are paying for a "spokesperson" to say "sorry, our bad. We will try to do better next year." Thanks, whatcanisay, for the determination !
on November 7,2012 | 07:20PM
masteruke wrote:
seems to me that S. Nago needs to be replaced. The big island during primaries now this No excuse you cannot use the ballots for next election so why was it in storage
on November 7,2012 | 11:38AM
haolecrab wrote:
This is just plain inexcusable. Typical break down by our State Goverment, starting at the top' 1. Ballots are printed/assigned to specific precincts/districts. They are not generic. Assuming there were ample ballots printed for each polling location, based on registration lists, why in the hell would someone (Scott) make the decision is keep them in acloset downtown until they are needed! They should have been stored at the locations before the doors ever opened. 2. Although the outcome of the major races may not have changed, in the closer races, there is no way of knowing what the "turn away" vote may have been. 3. Simply, voters were turned away, turned off, and denied their right to vote. Sure they could have used the early voting system, however, they had faith in a system that allows them to vote on election day.
on November 7,2012 | 12:00PM
kapoleidude1 wrote:
Hands down..the most dysfunctional, idiotic handling of this election!! There needs to be something done for the next time. This is not rocket science....and to allow this kinda stuff to happen is ridiculous!
on November 7,2012 | 12:02PM
hanaboy wrote:
NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH, ZERO, = EXCUSES FOR BALLOT SHORTAGE. Nothing can explain this major blunder, so please Scott Nago, don't even try! Just resign your position immediately! You did us all an injustice and should not even attempt to appease us with lame excuses. If you choose to speak, the only words out of your mouth should be is..... "I'm an idiot, not fit to serve and resign my position immediately!"
on November 7,2012 | 12:03PM
burymeagain wrote:
The Office of Elections needs an enema.
on November 7,2012 | 12:08PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
All you would have left are some slippahs.
on November 7,2012 | 12:25PM
tashimacat wrote:
Unbelievable. This should never have happened--isn't it common sense to have ballots equal to the number of registered voters and then some--in case of spoiled ballots. Hawaii should do what many states do--no more polling sites--just vote by mail. Think of the money we'd save!
on November 7,2012 | 12:28PM
false wrote:
So Governor, what gives? Not enough ballots? Sounds like Ohio and Florida scam games. Why? So this is how Caldwell won. Too bad.
on November 7,2012 | 01:22PM
Keeper01 wrote:
This situation of "running out of ballots" is such an embarrassment to our State. How on earth does anyone screwup a 1:1 formula.....one registered voter : one ballot.....??
on November 7,2012 | 02:27PM
username_required wrote:
How hard is it to figure out what went wrong? If you spent yesterday printing more ballots, you didn't print enough ballots. If you spent yesterday rushing pre-printed ballots from your warehouse to the appropriate precincts, you didn't deliver all the ballots on time.
on November 7,2012 | 02:35PM
Hawaiianhaole wrote:
This election was a joke there is no excuse for incompetence. It is time for a complete and thorough investigation into the corruption that plagues this state. It has nothing to do with who I voted for that did and did not win but everything to do with how this State is run and managed.
on November 7,2012 | 03:39PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Who is Scott Nago going to blame now? He really should look in the mirror to see who is incompetent. All he does is point fingers, not manage.
on November 7,2012 | 03:57PM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
He should step down immediately.
on November 7,2012 | 06:04PM
Spikette wrote:
Wow The State was very critical on how the Big Island election officer handled their primary election so took over for the running of the Big Island general election. The State election office sure blew the handling the Oahu general election, bad communications, no ballots, etc. it sure sounds like the same mistakes that occurred on the Big Island or worst. The State election head made worst mistakes and sounded the same excuses that had him take over running Big Island general election, will he step down since he was so critical and had no confidence of the Big Island election officer. What goes around comes around.
on November 7,2012 | 04:17PM
kona1069 wrote:
Poor excuse to not have enough ballots. The Chief Elections Officer should be fired immediately! His demeanor on the 6 o clock news shows he doesn't have a clue and doesn't care. Fire the kid NOW!!
on November 7,2012 | 05:44PM
fishman wrote:
Time for another televised Senate hearing by Merchado-Kim and company. What a terrible blunder!
on November 7,2012 | 05:46PM
mililanihi wrote:
Wouldn't be surprised if by strange chance all those extra ballots went somewhere else. The rest then were delivered late to the polls. "We do not want a large amount of extra ballots at the polling p;ace to be unsecured" as quoted by the elections spokesperson. So what about the ballots already there? Run short in the early afternoon and can"t deliver by 6pm? Sorry, we don't buy it.
on November 7,2012 | 06:12PM
abunai wrote:
Paper ballot shortages started before Tuesday. I went to Honolulu Hale Saturday to vote. They ran out of ballots for my precinct and I had to wait 20 minutes for them to "bring them from the vault." Not any where near as long as Tuesday but really? I'd but every coin in the parking meter and was worried I'd get a parking ticket. How can they not notice when the stack is getting low and replenish? Ballot shortages anywhere is inexcusable.
on November 7,2012 | 06:49PM
ejkorvette wrote:
This comes as no surprise. Shows just how much of a "BOON DOGGLE" the corrupted voting process is in Hawaii. Remove Hawaii from the Union, and let it stand alone. Rid all the Non-Hawaiians from the island and return them where they came from. Starting with Asia where Voting Corruption is as common as a bowl of rice with every meal!!!
on November 7,2012 | 06:53PM
tasod wrote:
I think the election chief was so focused on his vendetta against the Big Island voter folks that he lost sight of the big picture. Therefore, he should be fired. But, this is normal island cronyism - incompetent goofballs can stay on the job - he will remain in his job many more years "to learn his job" and leave with a nice retirement package - that you and I will pay for years to come.
on November 7,2012 | 07:12PM
kahu808 wrote:
Mail-in ballots. Simple, easy.
on November 7,2012 | 07:26PM
rfosfcpa wrote:
Star Advertiser will publish only "paid for" publicity--
on November 8,2012 | 11:56PM
rfosfcpa wrote:
I did not vote for any OHA candidate because I did not know what any of the candidates stood for. I waited until the day of the election anxiously waiting for news on the platform of OHA candidates, but none was forthcoming. This omission, I believe, was because there were no funds to give any OHA candidate "time" in the newspaper. Today, nothing comes free and whatever we citizens want (or even DO NOT WANT) must be paid for. Public Service? What does that mean? (I think it means feed my greed if you really want to know!)
on November 9,2012 | 12:12AM
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