State takes over Big Island election operations

Nago: Change will be transparent to voters, poll workers

 UPDATED 11:45 AM HST Oct 02, 2012
Big Island polls

The State Chief Election Officer Scott Nago announced Tuesday that the Office of Elections will rescind its delegation of state responsibilities to the County of Hawaii.

The state office will administer election day activities such as delivery and collection, control center and polling place operations.

"We believe that this decision best ensures a successful general election in the County of Hawaii," Nago said.  "It will allow the county to focus its resources exclusively on voter registration and absentee voting."

The state said this move is meant to directly address the issues of polling place communication and timely delivery of supplies to polling places.  Nago emphasized that the change will be transparent to Big Island voters and poll workers.

The office has located a control center and a counting center in the Hilo State Office Building.  Ballot Operations Section Head Lori Tomczyk will be the State’s lead administrator.  In the Primary Election, Tomczyk provided support for state election operations in Hilo.

Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi has come under fire for her handling of the Primary Election in August after 13 polling locations opened late and Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation to extend the poll hours on Hawaii Island.

The General Election will take place on Nov. 6.

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