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Early voting begins, Abercrombie answers flip flop issue

Neil Abercrombie voting early Neil Abercrombie voting early
Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie
Bayard Doane Bayard Doane
John Kiner John Kiner
Purisima Parado Purisima Parado

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not just candidates on the ballot, there's also six city charter questions and two constitutional amendments to vote on. The election is still two weeks away but some people have already made up their minds how they'll vote.  They took advantage of early voting, which started today.

Neil Abercrombie didn't waste any time casting his ballot on the first day of early voting.  He says he voted for the appointed school board by the governor even though he still has reservations about the question.

"If the governor is going to take responsibility for education it seems to me the governor needs to be accountable for the appointment of the board as well," said Abercrombie, after he cast his vote at Honolulu Hale.

Opponent Duke Aiona says Abercrombie has flip flopped on issue throughout the campaign.

"An appointed school board will improve accountability by giving voters a direct line of responsibility to the Governor, and my opponent has clearly waivered on whether or not he wants to be held responsible," said Aiona, in a written statement. "He flip-flopped on the issue. Our opponent is doing the right thing now that the pressure got to him, but he has not demonstrated that he's ready to work with others to reform public education."

"Lt. Governor Aiona is rather desperately searching for issues.  I'm glad he's on board with the appointed board," countered Abercrombie.

Others are casting their vote early either because they're going out of town or are just fed up and want it out of the way.

"I'm tired of all the ads, I'm tired of answering any phone calls that have soliciting about campaigns, and I really know what I want," said Bayard Doane, Manoa.

"It got a little rough there for awhile especially in the last few days you can see what's happening in the national races its getting pretty nasty but I thought Hawaii all in all, I thought it was pretty clean," said John Kiner, Kapahulu.

Voting early has saved people some time, for those that have pulled a ballot on this first day of voting, there hasn't been any line.

"I vote early because there are few people yet. I don't like to fall in a long line when I vote," said Purisima Parado, Kalihi.

More than 96,000 mail ballots have been sent out.  That's more than for the primary election and still people have until Tuesday to request a mail in ballot.  Voters can also walk in vote between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday at Honolulu Hale, Kapolei Hale or Windward Mall until October 30.

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