Big Island polls closing, results expected soon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – While polling stations on Kauai, Maui and Oahu closed at 6 p.m. Saturday, polls on the Big Island are closing.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an election proclamation that kept Big Island polling stations open until 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday morning, multiple polling stations on Hawaii Island 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 results from the first printout in Saturday's primary election are expected soon.

State election officials say the printout will contain between 80 to 90 percent of the absentee mail-in ballots, as well as 100 percent of walk-in absentee ballots. In past elections, the absentee vote represented about 40 percent of the entire return.

The Honolulu County Clerk says more than 60,000 absentee ballots have been processed, and that an additional 7,400 people cast votes using the early walk-in voting option.

The last day for walk-in voting was Thursday.

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