Judge rules that election will proceed on Big IslandUPDATED 7:25 PM HST Aug 14, 2014Video Transcript
tonight- This one on the Big Island... The election WILL GO On...even though many residents have been stranded in debris left behind by Tropical Storm Iselle .... KITV4 has been ON-ISLAND SINCE that storm hit- we're continuing our live coverage there tonight- with Brenton Awa... but first more on the decision that came in just hours ago from the judge KITV4's Yunji de Nies in the newsroom with that story. Paula, ready or not Puna residents who didn't vote last Saturday will have a chance to do so tomorrow. Lawyers for the state office of elections and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa went head to head in a Hilo Courtroom, arguing over WHEN the more than 6000 Puna residents should be allowed to vote. 158 THIS CASE IS REALLY ABOUT FAIRNESS. FAIRNESS IN THE SENSE OF THOUSANDS OF PUNA RESIDENTS ARE JUST NOW STILL STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THE DEVASTATION: 22 1:56 THIS CASE IS ABOUT A CANDIDATE HAVING A DIFFERENT OPINION WITH THE CHIEF ELECTIONS OFFICER AS TO WHEN THE ELECTION SHOULD BE HELD. 2:02 Judge Greg Nakamura said that while there is quote "lack of common sense to hold the election tomorrow" - it must proceed. He says it's not up to a court to interfere - a point the state championed after the ruling. WE BELIEVE SHE DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE VOTERS IN THE PUNA DISTRICT. UM NO ONE APPOINTED HER TO BE THEIR SPOKESPERSON. Meantime, the Senate candidates are in lower Puna - Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has been handing out supplies. Today our crews caught up with Senatror Brian Schatz, doing the same. In response to the ruling, his campaign manager said, "Senator Schatz continues to focus his energies on helping the people of Puna to recover, and that's what he will do on an ongoing basis. His commitment to recovery in Puna extends beyond the election." Hanabusa's spokesman says, "We are extremely disappointed for the people of Puna, especially since Judge Nakamura said that holding this election tomorrow lacks 'common sense' and 'shows some insensitivity to the plight of people in Puna.'" "The judge decided that they did not deserve more time to focus on recovering from the effects of the storm. We will continue to distribute food, water, fruit and ice to those in need but we need people to be aware that there is an election tomorrow." Hanabusa's campaign, Hanabusa's attorneys say they are not focused on any further legal action. The poll - there's just one tomorrow - opens at 7am and closes at 6, at Keonepoko Elementary. Paula?