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Big Island clerk calls for state elections review

Jamae Kawauchi Jamae Kawauchi

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz is brushing off Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi's calls for his office to review the state elections office amid the fallout from the county's primary election missteps.

Schatz says the law doesn't give his office jurisdiction or control over the election process.

After a scathing state elections report last week blasting her leadership, Kawauchi continued to apologize for delays that led some polling centers to open late. But she also insisted she's not the only one to blame saying the "Hawaii Office of Elections has taken no responsibility for the serious mishaps."

Schatz says "Now is not the time for blame-shifting." He says it's "time to focus on solving the problem at hand."

Chief Election Officer Scott Nago says the system in place has worked in other counties, adding that his office's "report speaks for itself."

The report criticized her for "poor planning, implementation and leadership."

Click HERE to read the Statement in Response to Hawai`i County Clerk

Click HERE to read Kawauchi's eight-page memorandum to Dominic Yagong, chairman of the Hawaii County Council.

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