Hawaii's financial crisis may cause problems for special election

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.

Current Chief Elections Officer Kevin Cronin says even with the reduced costs they still may not have the staffing or the money to pay for postage and other costs.

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