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Big Isle elections issues prompt complaint filing

August 24, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU - The granddaughter of U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka is calling for a primary election recount after she lost the Democratic nomination for a Big Island state House seat.

Kalei Akaka has filed a complaint with the state Supreme Court contesting the results because of what she calls voting procedure irregularities. She lost to Nicole Lowen by 45 votes.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz says the governor's administration will monitor preparations in Hawaii County before the November general election.

At issue are 13 Big Island polling places that opened late on primary day, prompting Gov. Neil Abercrombie to issue a proclamation to keep polls on the island open 90 minutes later.

The state elections office has criticized County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi's leadership while conducting her first election.



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