HILO >> With the primary election about two weeks away, Hilo’s election office closed for a day for an audit.
West Hawaii Today reports the office was closed Monday for an audit of the county voter registration list — an action a state elections official called unprecedented and a county councilman called “fishy.” The office was open today.
State Elections Office spokesman Rex Quidilla says such a closure hasn’t happened before.
County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi won’t say what her office is looking for so soon before the Aug. 11 primary. She says the list is being looked at for accuracy.
Hilo Councilman Dennis Onishi is concerned about the readiness of the office to conduct an election. The office came under fire after several elections office officials were fired following an investigation.