Polls opened late all over (Democratic) West Hawaii

Nago questions the answers
By Nancy Cook Lauer
West Hawaii Today

HILO — There were still more questions than answers Tuesday after state Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago held an almost two-hour debriefing of county clerks.

Nago emerged from the meeting and told media gathered at Hilo’s state office building that the meeting was “productive,” but he still didn’t know how many Hawaii County polling places opened late Saturday, or what caused the late openings. He estimated that more than half of the county’s polling places — primarily in West Hawaii — opened late.

“It was a lot of different issues,” Nago said, characterizing them as “normal” election-day issues. “We all have our similar problems. … A seasoned elections official would have responded quicker.”

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