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Number of Big Island poll delays still not clear

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:07 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2012

HILO >> Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi says she’s still investigating how many polling place opened late on the Big Island during the primary election.

She tells West Hawaii Today her office is examining how it happened and how it can be prevented.

State Elections Office spokesman Rex Quidilla says Kawauchi first reported there were three and later reported there were 11. He says information from “external sources” estimated it could have been as many as 25 out of 43 precincts. 

A governor proclamation kept polls in the county open 90 minutes later. 

The attorney general’s office denied County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong’s request to call an emergency meeting this week to get a report from Kawauchi on what went wrong. Instead, he’s called for a special meeting on Monday.

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