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Hanabusa rules out legal fight over loss to Schatz

But she asks legislators to study the election process to make sure no voter is disenfranchised

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2014

~~<p>U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said Tuesday that she will not legally challenge her Democratic primary loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, but the congresswoman urged the state Legislature to look into the election process to ensure every vote counts.</p>
<p>Hanabusa lost to Schatz by 1,769 votes in an emotional and at times bitter primary to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The outcome was delayed for nearly a week after the state Office of Elections allowed voters in two Puna precincts on Hawaii island struggling to recover from Tropical Storm Iselle to cast ballots in a makeup vote. The state also belatedly found about 800 previously uncounted absentee ballots on Maui.</p>
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U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said Tuesday that she will not legally challenge her Democratic primary loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, but the congresswoman urged the state Legislature to look into the election process to ensure every vote counts.

Hanabusa lost to Schatz by 1,769 votes in an emotional and at times bitter primary to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The outcome was delayed for nearly a week after the state Office of Elections allowed voters in two Puna precincts on Hawaii island struggling to recover from Tropical Storm Iselle to cast ballots in a makeup vote. The state also belatedly found about 800 previously uncounted absentee ballots on Maui. Login for more...



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