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Office of Elections and Hawaii County agree to workshops

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 08:43 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2012


HILO >> The state elections office and Hawaii County’s clerk have agreed on workshops to help the Big Island prepare for the upcoming general election.

Ever since Big Island polls opened late during the Aug. 11 primary, the two sides have traded criticisms. 

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports state Chief Election Officer Scott Nago proposed the workshops in an email and made an appeal for a better relationship. Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi agreed to the workshops and said the county plans to hold a meeting with elections staff and volunteers to discuss what went wrong on primary day.

The delayed openings led to the governor issuing a proclamation to keep Big Island polls open 90 minutes later.

No dates have been set for the workshops. 







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loquaciousone wrote:
Are these the so called volunteers that are paid an hourly stipend to "volunteer" to staff polling stations?
on August 27,2012 | 08:50AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Ah geez. . . .People who work elections are typically paid around $75 for 15 hours of work. That works out to - at MOST - $5/hour. People don't work the elections for the pittance of money they make. They do it because the love their democracy and want to work in support of it. . . . .So what are YOU doing, theoretically loquacious one, to support our democracy? Hmmm? Are YOU working the election this year? You don't have to take that big huge pay, you know; plenty of people decline pay for that honorable work. How about YOU?
on August 27,2012 | 10:30AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Not me. It's not about the money ($85) they don't even feed you lunch at these places and yet you gotta stay from 5 am to 7 pm. If I go that long without eating, they're going to have to call animal control and bring out the heavy duty nets. Then...then...if the Gov has to extend the polling hours because someone forgot to wake up...... pau hana...
on August 27,2012 | 11:43AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Some jobs are $85, it's true, though most are at $75. Again, though, folks who work the elections do so in service to our democracy. The stipend is something we're grateful for, but it's not why we do it. . . .As to not getting fed, well, take your own food! I've worked in precincts where great pot lucks happened because all the folks working that day pitched in something. The food was great and so was the companionship we all felt. It was a really good experience, as are most of the ones I've enjoyed over the years. . . .So call 'em, call the Office of Elections to sign up and help. . . .The number's 453 VOTE, 453 8683.
on August 27,2012 | 09:45PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Finally some cooperation instead of the back and forth criticism.
on August 27,2012 | 10:29AM
TomM wrote:
Teach them how the system is suppose to work, especially Jamae Kawauchi....Election procedures 101
on August 27,2012 | 01:17PM
Papakolea wrote:
The whole structure is wrong. Nago is the State's Chief Elections Officer and Kawauchi is a County Clerk. Nago reports to the governor and Kawauchi reports to the Hawaii Island County Council. Who's the brainiac who thought up that org chart? We're lucky things didn't get messed up in the other counties. All of the elections administrators in each county should fall under the State's Chief Elections Officer.
on August 27,2012 | 08:27PM
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