Special election face-off for City Council seat enters final two days

Special election face-off for City Council seat enters final two days
Voters are deciding between Tommy Waters (left) and Trevor Ozawa (right) (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are just two days left to vote in the City Council special election showdown between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters.

Walk-in polling at Honolulu Hale continues through Friday ― from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the final day to cast a ballot, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

That 6 p.m. deadline is crucial.

The City Clerk’s Office is stressing that mailed ballots must be received by 6 p.m. Saturday, too. Voters also may drop off their completed, mail-in ballot envelopes at Honolulu Hale before 6 p.m.

Why the focus on the 6 p.m. deadline?

Because it was the city’s failure to comply with it in November that prompted the state Supreme Court to side with Waters in a challenge to Ozawa’s narrow win.

The special election, which is costing the city $250,000, is for the District 4 seat that runs from Hawaii Kai to Ala Moana Park.

All 65,000-plus registered voters in the East Honolulu district were mailed ballots the last week of March. But walk-in polling is also allowed, and a few hundred have already opted to do that.

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