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Abercrombie orders voting extension for Big Island polling places

Kahakai Elementary School in Kona Kahakai Elementary School in Kona
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Governor Neil Abercrombie has issued a proclamation to extend polling hours on Hawaii Island only by an hour and a half. Polling locations in the Counties of Maui, Kauai and Honolulu will close at 6 p.m.; polling locations in Hawaii County will close at 7:30 p.m.

That means election officials can not release election results until the Hawaii County polls close. We will have those results live on KGMB and HawaiiNewsNow.com.

This morning, there were multiple polling stations on Hawaii Island that opened later than scheduled. The length of the delays varied from a few minutes in some places to more than a half hour in others, and almost an hour and a half in one location.

"The most important issue in this situation is to make sure that everyone who wants to vote can vote. By extending the poll hours, we are making that possible," stated Governor Abercrombie. "I also want to thank all those who are working hard to assist at all polling stations across the state."

Hawaii County councilman Dennis "Fresh" Onishi told Hawaii News Now that at 7:55 a.m., the polling place at Kahakai Elementary School in Kona was not open -- reportedly because voter log books had not arrived to all three precincts in Kona. According to Onishi, some potential voters were leaving.

Onishi also said there were two other polling places in the Kona area that were also having problems.

Another voter said there were problems at a new polling place at Kona Vistas when ballots failed to show up.

All 40 precincts were open as of 8:35 a.m.

The problems on the Big Island prompted State Senator Josh Green of Kona to make the formal request to extend voting hours.

On Oahu, some voters were confused at Radford High School, where there were two polling places. According to state Office of Elections spokesman Rex Quidilla, Radford is just one area where there are two precincts at a single voting site.

At Ewa Beach Elementary, voting was delayed after some of the volunteers experienced voting machine problems, Quidilla said.

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