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Green Party sues state over ballot shortage

By Becky Bohrer

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:52 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2012

The Green Party of Hawaii is suing the state’s chief elections officer over his handling of last month’s election.

Two dozen Oahu polling places ran out of paper ballots during the Nov. 6 election. In a lawsuit filed Friday, the Green Party asks a judge to strike down the methodology used to determine the number of ballots that are to be printed in federal or state elections. The lawsuit claims the methodology used did not comply with proper rulemaking.

Plaintiffs in the case include seven registered voters. Hawaii’s chief elections officer, Scott Nago, and the state are listed as defendants.

Nago declined comment on the lawsuit. But he says his office is looking at the formula used to order ballots and at how it distributes reserve ballots.

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awahana wrote:
Thank goodness some attempt is being made to reveal the ineptitude and corruption in our 'little fishpond.'
on December 10,2012 | 11:56AM
busterb wrote:
But having a limited amount of paper waste should have them happy. The outcomes were pretty much determined pre-election anyway.
on December 10,2012 | 12:20PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
He keeps referring to that "formula'. It obviously didn't work, just admit that you messed up!
on December 10,2012 | 12:20PM
When frustrated voters gave up falling in line and were not able to cast their ballots due to the shortage of ballots, something fishy going on.
on December 10,2012 | 12:21PM
culi wrote:
Scott Nago should be fired. Next election I going with absentee ballot.
on December 10,2012 | 01:11PM
false wrote:
Sounds like a plan but who to know if they lose you ballot. LOL
on December 10,2012 | 01:54PM
false wrote:
Nago needs to be history at the office of elections. That was beyond a mistake.
on December 10,2012 | 01:53PM
hikine wrote:
Two dozen places ran out of ballots? I have a feeling it was intentional and these polling places are probably where people would've voted Republican! Double mailings of absentee ballots then short changing the public for their right to vote. Democrats in action!
on December 10,2012 | 08:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
Does the Green party even have legal standing in the State of Hawaii, to bring such a lawsuit against the state elections office? The green party has been relatively quiet in the last few elections, have they even bothered to field any candidates? The elections office should be thoroughly investigated and Scott Nago should be held accountable for any and all problems with the ballot shortages as he is the head honcho there, but I don't see this lawsuit going anywhere, as the Green party does not have the political clout to file such a lawsuit on behalf of the citizens of the state of Hawaii!
on December 10,2012 | 08:32PM
pridon wrote:
They are the facilitator. I believe they had candidates, but the state will argue that even if the ballots were there, it would not have affected the outcome. However, the individual voters have a complaint that their voting rights were violated. Wish one of the losing candidates would join.
on December 10,2012 | 09:12PM
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