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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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KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Is this Kawauchi person for real? A total incompetent. How did she get her job and why is she keeping it? Let's get her replaced before she screws up the Nov. 6 election.
on August 14,2012 | 10:58AM
Kawauchi jeopardized the integrity and validity of Hawaii's election process this past primary election. She cant' provide a straight forward answers to the questions the media and other concern citizens were asking regarding the primary election situation, and yet it seems that she will still be around in the general election, perhaps to further mess up the integrity of the election process.
on August 14,2012 | 11:25AM
Bean808 wrote:
If I was a candidate who lost in this primary election I would no doubt question of how this election was compromised. With poll opening late this could have misled or confused a potential voter. It lead to a lot of questions. integrity and validity will remain in question.
on August 14,2012 | 02:06PM
loquaciousone wrote:
The State Office of Elections flew over some people to the big island to help out otherwise this would have been worse. Obviously Kawauchi is way over her head and needs to be replaced immediately so she doesn't compromise the General Elections too.
on August 14,2012 | 11:36AM
Oahuan wrote:
What? did they just over-sleep? They must've known the time the polls supposed to open. Typical Hawaiian style. "SHAKA!"
on August 14,2012 | 11:43AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I don't think so; it's about Kawauchi and Dominic Yagong, her boss, who let her get away with this mess. Kawauchi sacked the Big Island's long-time elections chief, Pat Nakamoto. When Nakamoto was appropriately reinstated, Kawauchi refused to let her go back to work and Yagong backed her up. If the election had been run by Nakamoto things would have been just fine - she's run 12 or 13 of them after all, all of when have gone wonderfully well.
on August 14,2012 | 12:03PM
false wrote:
false3. Totally agree. Kawauchi is primarily responsible for the mess but her supervisor, Yagong, is equally responsible. Yagong must have been aware of the problems but evidently took no action. Why? Probably because he was too busy running for mayor, in which he finished last. Yagong is throwing Kawauchi under the bus. Fire them both, if possible.
on August 14,2012 | 01:17PM
toad103410 wrote:
Just how did Kawauchi get her job? Is the Hawaii County Clerk elected or appointed? Either way she has to go before the General election. Two other comments: If a challenge is filed because of all the screwups things will really hit the fan. Also, would you like having her as your lawyer?
on August 14,2012 | 11:52AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Hey Jamae, here's a clue, tell the drivers leaving for Kona with the paper ballots to: (1) leave earlier; and/or (2) don't stop at Tex's on the way for malasadas and coffee. Brillant. She should work for UH. She might get promoted.
on August 14,2012 | 12:04PM
maafifloos wrote:
For right now, just tell us how many opened late. Use your fingers and toes, if not enuff grab a couple of workers and use theirs too. What happened and how it happened can be done by the new county clerk.
on August 14,2012 | 03:05PM
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