PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Voters from two precincts in Lower Puna now have a chance to decide a statewide race, but candidates will be walking a fine line between campaigning and storm recovery from Tropical Storm Iselle.
Local races are also being affected. In the Democratic primary for state House District 4, first-time candidate Joy San Buenaventura leads incumbent Rep. Faye Hanohano, but she's not taking it for granted.
"To be able to call up somebody who's helped my campaign in the past, but who's stuck behind fallen trees and cables, has no power, and say, 'Hey, can you sign wave with me?' I think that's very insensitive, said Bronson-Crelly.
There's still the problem of communication, with several voters without land line phones, cell phone service, television, radio or Internet. Some voters HNN spoke with were unaware of the primary election outcome because of a lack of communication services.
The state Office of Elections said voters in the two precincts will have 21 days to mail an absentee ballot, but no date has been set as of yet to mail the ballots out to voters.
"I don't know if it's gonna affect the election, but you don't normally vote after you find out what the outcome of the election is," said Brennan.
When he was told that in in this case, the outcome wasn't really clear, he responded, "Well, that's the point."
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