Every vote counts, if the ballots are actually counted.
It wasn’t until the elections staff was compiling the ballots from the Big Island special election that the public learned that the tally would include 800 votes cast by Maui residents.
Those votes failed to get counted the first time during the August 9 primary.
Elections chief Scott Nago had some explaining to do.
On Monday he blamed the oversight on human error.
He learned of the problem four days after the primary
"It was an error made. That's why we have an audit after the election to catch these things. It was big number. That’s not what we like to see, but the audit did catch that and that’s why we were able to add those in," said Scott Nago.
The elections office assures that the electronic memory cards were locked up in a metal box until the time they had elections observers in place to ensure the process of reading those ballots were followed.
But critics called this latest problem shameful.
On Monday, the Republican Party issued this statement.
"It's not surprising this would happen. It seems the Office of Elections cannot get their act together to uphold one of the most important pillars of our democracies. It is a shame," said party chairwoman Pat Saiki.
Nago said in hindsight, he wishes he had issued a public statement as soon as the error was discovered, instead of waiting until the Friday's election.
"We got the message. It shouldn't happen," said Nago.
The Democratic Party said it just wants to make sure the problem isnt repeated..
So does Nago.
He wants to move up the audits to election night-- and not wait until the following week.
He is also working with venders to come up with different procedures
for re-reading cards.
Nago will face more questions when he faces the Elections Commission on Friday.