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Hawaii County Clerk M.I.A. at Elections Meeting

State election commissioners at their Wednesday meeting centered in on the string of problems that transpired at Big Island polls Aug. 11. 

Embattled Hawaii County clerk Jamae Kawauchi was notably absent from the meeting. She was the only county clerk not in attendance.

“I’m somewhat concerned that the county that experienced the most problem is not here today,” said Maui commissioner Warren Orikasa. “The first sequence in that remedy [of the problems] is to participate with Commission and Office of Elections. This absence really speaks volumes.”

Testifiers emphasized that Kawauchi should seek help from an expert in order to administer a well-run general election. 

Commissioners and state election officials, however, found themselves at a standstill: the state has no authority over county clerks when it comes to county-related elections operations. Kawauchi, they said, would have to be the one who seeks help. No one else can enforce it.

But Hawaii County Council Member Dennis Onishi might have a solution.

More on that to come…

Alia Wong

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