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4 citizens cast their votes twice in 2010 elections on Hawaii isle


LAST UPDATED: 02:34 a.m. HST, Aug 01, 2012

An audit of Hawaii County's registered voter rolls found four people voted twice in 2010 elections and between 50 and 60 people were registered more than once, County Clerk Jamae Kawa­uchi said Tuesday.

Kawauchi says her office found no sign of systemic problems. She says a clerical error may be at fault, but she reported the four voters who cast ballots twice to the state attorney general's office during a meeting last week.

She said it's not up to her whether there will be an investigation into the matter, and declined to comment further.

Kawauchi spoke to the news media at the state Capitol after meeting with state election officials and clerks of other Hawaii counties.

Her office began their audit the weekend of July 21-22. She explained she closed her office on the following Monday — forwarding telephone calls to a Kona office and redirecting in-person visitors to another office across the hall — so her staff could complete the audit without interruption.

She didn't notify the state Office of Elections about the closure until Monday afternoon, however.

The lack of communication unnerved the state's chief election officer, Scott Nago, who wrote her saying her failure to communicate the reason for the closure was creating concerns about the integrity of the upcoming primary election on Aug. 11.

Kawauchi told reporters that in hindsight she should have notified the state earlier that she was closing her office on July 23.

Nago seemed satisfied, saying they had a good meeting Tuesday and worked through their issues.

The county sent out 101,000 yellow cards to voters with information on the primary election. About 5,000 were returned in the mail. Kawa­uchi said some will be sent to forwarding addresses. A few hundred of the 5,000 are undeliverable, she said.

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bender wrote:
One has to wonder how the county let 4 people vote twice. And one has to wonder why these 4 people decided to vote twice. Surely they must have known that they had already voted. Wonder if someone posed as the real voters and cast one of the votes.
on August 1,2012 | 06:39AM
Imagen wrote:
The State Elections officer should and needs to have control and authority over all election activities. The way it is handled now; counties run the elections but the state oversees? You cannot continue to have a manager overseeing "employees" from abother employer. Ridiculous and so typical of governmental operations. So, what is Nago and the State going to do about this? Nothing...as usual, until another calamity happens. -__-
on August 1,2012 | 10:53AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Did they cast their votes twice? Or did someone with access to ballots "cast" these illegal votes?
on August 1,2012 | 12:41PM
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