ACLU launches lawsuit over primary electionUPDATED 11:19 PM HST Aug 21, 2014Video Transcript
The Primary election happened nearly two weeks ago ... Then last week -- we had a special election in Puna... And now -- a lawsuit could extended voting once again. KITV4's Brenton Awa has our top story. Brenton. Yunji -- The lawsuit was filed in Supreme Court today... The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is suing Governor Abercrombie and other election officials saying that there's still residents in Puna that've been denied their constitutional right to vote. The lawsuit isn't challenging the results of the election -- instead it's challenging the procedure. An emotional scene at Saturday's special election in Pahoa ... Lower Puna residents turned away from the polls - told their precincts didn't qualify. 4018 - STACEY TUCKER - HAWAIIAN PARADISE PARK RESIDENT "THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO REOPEN THE POLLS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE, ABSOLUTELY UNFAIR AND COMPLETELY AN INJUSTICE TO THE COMMUNITY." As Iselle roared ashore nat wave or other hurricane nat sot precincts one and two -- Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center and Keonepoko Elementary School were shut down. A week later, those residents got a second chance to vote. But two other Precincts remained open as the storm hit in Lower Puna -- where many said the weather kept them from voting. 152 - ACLU "WE HAD A HURRICANE, A TROPICAL STORM, AND WE KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION THAT THEY CAN WITH THE INFORMATION THAT THEY CAN BUT WHAT WE NOW KNOW HAPPENED IS THAT MANY PEOPLE WERE UNABLE TO GET TO THE POLLS AS A RESULT OF TREES BEING DOWN AND POWER LINES BEING DOWN." The office of elections isn't commenting on the lawsuit but earlier this week told KITV4, that while officials were notified about difficulties facing those other Puna precincts, ultimately, it was the Governor's call. 1025 - NAGO "WE ALERTED THE GOVERNORS OFFICE ABOUT THE SITUATION AND HE CHOSE NOT TO EXTEND THE POLLS." ...and that's a decision this lawsuit aims to change. 53 - ACLU "WE'RE ASKING THE COURT TO ALLOW THE PLAINTIFFS AND ANYBODY THAT WASN'T ABLE TO VOTE ON THAT PRIMARY DAY BECAUSE OF THE STORM TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS." If you're at home wondering -- well if the supreme court rules in favor of the ACLU and allows those Puna residents to vote -- would those votes change the outcomes in any of the races... We asked that to Political Analyst Neal Milner who said there's no indication that those votes would change the current results. He went on to say that it would be "extraordinarily amazing" if those votes changed the outcome of the Senate race between Colleen Hanabusa and Brian Schatz.