Elections results were the talk of the town Sunday, but low turnout and bad timing had some officials wondering what can be done to improve the process.
Big Island resident Joe Medieros lamented the low turnout, bad timing and the changing of votes from absentee to walk-in balloting.
"They could have held it off a little while longer," Medieros said.
Some residents hailed the shift from the Honolulu-centric focus to rural Puna and the chance to put their issues top of mind, from Albizias to agriculture.
"We see what these new elected winners do to help everybody and stuff now," Medieros said.
Lots of eyes were on the candidates who upped their profile in Puna this week.
"Someone said to me yesterday, 'If you get in, keep the Big Island in your heart when you get into the Senate,' and I said, 'It's guaranteed.' That's what I am going to do is keep the spirt of the people, Big Island, and the spirit of the neighbor islands while I am in Washington," Senate candidate Brian Schatz said.
Senate candidate Colleen Hanabusa stopped short of saying she would challenge the results and has until the end of the week to decide.
"There are still people who feel disenfranchised, but these are the results that we have to deal with, and my campaign will, of course, evaluate it, but I think that it's a very interesting situation where we have 2,000 votes, actually 1,700 votes, that's going to decide the United States Senate race," Hanabusa said.
There's also the 11th-hour issue of hundreds of uncounted votes from Maui that were added to the mix.
"I want to know what happens. I want to know where those 600 came from (and) why it took so long for them to find out about those 600 votes, and I am pretty sure a lot of people want to find out also, because it's only fair," Big Island resident Macario Balucan said.
With back-to-back storms, an unexplained batch of uncounted Maui ballots and a possible election challenge, the 2014 primaries will go down as one for the record books.