HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Money troubles could potentially leave Abercrombie's seat in Congress vacant for months.
The last special election to fill a congressional seat was in 2002, when Representative Patsy Mink passed away just before the general election. The price: two million dollars.
With the current economic situation, the Office of Elections says it will only have $461,000 in December for the rest of the fiscal year. In addition to that a recent report indicates that the office's staff of 33 is now down to less than half.
Several candidates and office staff themselves have suggested a mail-in only special election.