Will Iselle collide with the primary elections?UPDATED 8:29 PM HST Aug 04, 2014Video Transcript
guard bureau. The storms could be on a collision course with the primary election this weekend. Officials are planning for the worst, but hoping for the best. KITV4's Catherine Cruz continues our team coverage. 25-31 46-52 There are 231 polling places across the state. Mnay of them are in pubilc school cafeterias. But they also double as emergency shelters. Elections officials say there are 155 facilities that could be tapped to house displaced residents and there's no way they can do double duty. One option could be to reschedule the primary. The elections office hopes that doesn't happen. There have been challenges in the past and officials have had to rise to the occasion. - Scott Nago 2: 12 -2:20 -"We have had high rains where the polls have had to be extended and we have had earthquakes where we had polls that were unusable and couldn't be repaired in time so we had to move that polling place. By law we have to list where our polling place is 60 days prior to election, but there is a statute for natural disasters where we can consolidate in the event of an emergency Nago points to Hurricane Iniki which devastated Kauai. and the great lengths officials went to protect the process and run a fair and clean election. - Scott Nago 2:59- 3: 15 -"The island didn't have power and what they did was take the ballots and fly them back to Honolulu and that was two or three weeks before the election which is more time than the three days we would have." That said state officials are using the time to go over possible scenarios and how best to react. Only the governor can use emergency powers to extend polling hours-- something he did last election when certain poll on the Big Island opened late. The governor is of course running for re-election and has a stake in the outcome. But again the priority is to protect the process. The best case scenario is that the storms will blow in and out of here will little damage and everything will go as planned on Saturday. If you are worried that the weather could keep you from the polls saturday, you can always vote ahead of time. Here on Oahu those walk-in sites are at Honolulu Hale and out at Kapolei Hale. Paula?