Nago under fire during Elections Commission meetingUPDATED 7:55 PM HST Aug 22, 2014Video Transcript
Some want a re-vote.. Some want the elections chief OUT! One week after the SECOND PRIMARY on the Big Island, an election commission meeting today became a hotbed of anger and criticism... KITV-4's Lara Yamada was there. She has the new information. There were several people who DEMANDED Chief Elections officer Scott Nago be FIRED -- including state and county representatives. But the Elections Commission wouldn't go there -- not yet. After HOURS of testimony -- they formed 3 SUB-committees -- who will DISPATCH around the state -- to see for themselves -- what went wrong. Before that -- Nago said what HE had to say.... then braced for the FIREWORKS. TP2 11225 There was no storm, there was no natural disaster other than the natural disaster of the chief elections officer. One week after MAKE-UP voting for thousands of storm-battered residents on the Big Island, Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago found himself in the MIDDLE of the storm... Once again blistered with accusations about a BOTCHED Election. TP1 4800 This election is permanently tainted. Several people slammed Nago... Saying he forced an election TOO SOON -- after a big smack from Tropical Storm Iselle. One testifier saying, because of the power outage, one a candidate couldn't even reach her own staff during the election. TP2 14922-30 It should have been at least 2 weeks after so we could have anticipated the damage, responded to the damage and we could have repaired the damage. Nago also defended his decision to ONLY use electronic voting -- in an effort to avoid ANOTHER potential mishap: TP1 2420-29 When we went to open the machines on Saturday morning it was wet because of the night before, so we didn't want to take that chance. Big Island representatives say posters and flyers only confused voters MORE. First, announcing mail-in voting -- then three days later -- changing to walk-in voting. Nago also revealed a VENDOR handling voting machines on Maui... Accidentally entered a card TWICE. Zeroed ALL the cards, then re-entered it. Only to miss ANOTHER card -- and 800 votes. A mistake they caught on Saturday. TP1 2047-49 The audit worked. It should have been in a more timely manner. He says audits will now happen ON election night --instead of days later. As for what to do now ... .Big Island Rep. Randy Rudderman suggested scrapping Saturday's vote, doing a RE- VOTE in Puna, OR allowing voting NOW --- for those who say they couldn't physically make it. TP3 15526 We are concerned. We are concerned about the people in Puna. We hope things can be put back in order. To make matters worse, Nago says the night before Saturday's primary, they got word, MORE fallen trees were blocking roadways. But he says, by morning, only the governor had the authority to make another change. Elections Commissioners will announce what -- if any changes -- will be imposed. They're looking into holding a meeting IN PUNA -- to hear from those impacted -- on how to move forward. Back to you.