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Abercrombie calls for elections oversight review

August 14, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says there should be a review of elections oversight after primary polls on the Big Island needed to stay open 90 minutes later because some of the county's polls opened late.

The extension delayed release of election results statewide.

Abercrombie said that he will look at whether elections oversight should return to the lieutenant governor's office. As of 1995, county clerks have local jurisdiction over voting.

Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi has been criticized for a lack of communication with the state before the primary. State elections officials said they don't yet have definitive answers about what happened Saturday. Elections spokesman Rex Quidilla said officials plan to meet with county clerks this week.



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