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County contacting voters to fix ballots

A total of 849 ballots contain issues that need to be fixed within the next five business days, Maui County Clerk Kathy Kaohu said Monday.

Examples of ballot deficiencies include unsigned affirmation statements, mismatched signatures from what the county has on file or the signature of the wrong person.

Kaohu said that 1,085 of the mail-in ballots received from July 25 to Aug. 13 were marked deficient for these or other reasons. A total of 236 voters fixed their ballot issues, leaving another 849 with issues. Of those, 312 came in on Election Day alone.

Kaohu said that the sending out letters informing voters how they can fix the issues with their ballots, or contacting them by phone and email if those are on file.

Voters have five business days following the close of elections Saturday to address the issue; because Friday was a holiday, the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

“We’re encouraging folks to come in and deliver it personally if possible,” Kaohu said.

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