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Hawaii lawmakers want to reform state elections

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:27 p.m. HST, Jan 25, 2013

Hawaii lawmakers are pushing to reform the state elections process after a series of mishaps caused polling places to run out of ballots and open late last year. 

House Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson wants to give the chief elections officer the power to supervise inexperienced county clerks. Then-Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi was heavily criticized when 13 Big Island polling places opened late for the primary election. She hadn’t run an election before.

Rep. Sharon Har is pushing to get rid of the state office of elections and the elections commission altogether. The Democrat says their responsibilities should be transferred to the lieutenant governor.

Har also introduced a bill that charges the elections commission with overseeing the chief elections officer. The commission currently plays an advisory role.

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LRC wrote:
Why are they still picking on the Big Island when Oahu had a much bigger issue - RUNNING OUT OF BALLOTS!
on January 25,2013 | 11:46AM
Graham wrote:
Because it was their boy who screwed up on Oahu...see the other Breaking News item re: Oahu election snafu...
on January 25,2013 | 11:54AM
peanutgallery wrote:
The person who put Jamae Kawauchi in charge, should be un-employed today. FIRED
on January 25,2013 | 12:13PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
How about campaign reforms. Disclosing names of contributors, truth in advertising, etc. Voters should know the truth before casting their vote.
on January 25,2013 | 12:14PM
honopic wrote:
A drop in the bucket compared to the Nago screw-up. Typical. Go after the little fish while the big ones swim merrily on their way. This would make for good comedy if it weren't so sad.
on January 26,2013 | 04:47PM
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