“We've all been very, very stressed,” said State Elections Commissioner Margaret Masunaga.
At one of its last meetings before the general, the elections commission tried to stay positive, but it was clear, officials are still dodging one landmine after another.
“Part of it is just to get rid of the negativity,” said Masunaga.
The ethics complaint against Hawaii County Chair Dominic Yagong.
The investigation into possible 2010 voter fraud on the Big Island.
Four court challenges against this year's primary results, including one by Senator Daniel Akaka's granddaughter, who like the other plaintiffs, said the elections mess on the Big Island hurt their campaign.
“We've been very concerned,” said Janet Mason, Vice President of the Hawaii League of Women Voters.
She says the political watchdog and voter advocacy organization wants Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi, accused of poor communication and planning, fired.
The group also wants a formal investigation into what happened on the Big Island during the primary election in August.
“It’s less than 50 days to the election, and we think these problems can be resolved, but the matter of trying to make sure we understand what went wrong is now urgent,” she said.
“This is not a small undertaking,” said Hawaii Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago.
He said all four county clerks, including Kawauchi, have agreed to three day-long workshops to go over the nuts and bolts necessary for a smooth election.
He says during the primary, polling cans containing poll books, records and forms on the Big Island, were incorrectly packed, and phones were incorrectly programmed, or not programmed at all.
Nago said Kawauchi sent her deputy to the first workshop.
He hopes she shows up for the second workshop, in the continued effort to avoid another election mess.
“The problems we had I don't see them as insurmountable. I think we can fix that,” he said.
Elections officials say they're concerned the Hawaii County Clerk's Office is lacking experience in some critical positions.
Nago said an elections administrator is usually in charge of those nuts and bolts operations, but Hawaii County’s elections administrator was fired in January. He said he’s unsure if that position was ever filled.
As for the elections commission, it decided not to pursue an investigation.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, calls to Jamae Kawauchi and her office were not returned.