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Gov. Abercrombie to push major voting overhaul

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced on Monday that he plans to introduce legislation that would overhaul Hawaii's voting system, including moving the state to 100% mail-in voting.

The following is the statement released by Gov. Abercrombie:

"This January, I will be proposing as part of my legislative package a measure to move our state toward 100 percent mail-in voting, which has been effective in other parts of the country. Moreover, absentee ballots have seen a steady increase and use over the last several elections, and there has been no evidence to question the accuracy and security of these ballots relative to traditional methods.

"I have also asked Attorney General David Louie to investigate the State Office of Elections and the circumstances that resulted in a shortage of paper ballots at numerous Oahu polling places on Nov. 6.  This serious problem has tarnished the election process and eroded public confidence.

"The right to vote is one of our most cherished duties as U.S. citizens. Therefore, we must ensure that our voting process runs smoothly and efficiently.

"I agree with criticisms that the handling of election operations raises legitimate concerns. I do not plan to simply stand on the side and wait to see what the Office of Elections' own review may bring. At a minimum, we must consider new technologies that can help bring our election process into the 21st Century."  

The announcement comes in the wake of the 2012 General Election, which resulted in significant long lines when several polling places on Oahu ran out of paper ballots.

The Governor's office does not have authority in overseeing the Office of Elections.

Oregon and Washington are the only state's that conduct 100% mail-in elections.

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