All day, they kept coming. Residents of Puna lined up to finally get the chance to cast their ballot.
In this Democratic race for U.S. Senate, that some are calling historic, any one of those votes could be the deciding factor.
"We have to be heard because we are the fastest-growing district in the state and yet it's all Honolulu, Honolulu and so we have to be heard and I think it's very important," said Hawaiian Paradise Park resident Victor Saymo.
"Last week's been pretty challenging for everybody and it's neat how everyone has pulled together," said Puna resident Everett Rosecrans. "Impress by Puna and everyone has come out to vote and everybody is helping each other too."
There's a lot of help still needed when it comes to Puna's road to recovery. That's why Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa pushed to delay this election -- to give residents more time to focus on their families. But, some voters say enough -- it's time for them to be heard.
"You got to keep going, life as usual," said Hawaiian Beaches resident Jennifer Ka'aihue. "This certainly hasn't stopped us, as you can see the parking lot is full. Puna's going to be heard today, so I'm really proud of that."
"I think it's the right thing to do. Get it done as fast as possible. Get things back in order again," said Hawaiian Beaches resident Phil Wilson.
Was the state's decision to give this special election the green light the right one? That's what some question after being trapped by the storm's devastation and not being able to vote at all.
"When they say that only 8 to 12 percent of the people came out to vote and saying that that's an acceptable number for them, and that they're not going to reopen the polls is absolutely insane, absolutely unfair and completely an injustice to the community," said Hawaiian Paradise Park resident Stacey Tucker.
There were a lot of Puna residents who showed up to vote from non-eligible precincts and they were turned away. A lot of them told us this was unfair because while their polling places were open last week, they couldn't get there because of the storm.
Hanabusa needs a little more than 1,600 votes to each up to Sen. Brian Schatz.