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Big Island officials question handling of election

Voters in Puna for primary election Voters in Puna for primary election

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Officials on Hawaii's Big Island are asking why the results of Hawaii's primary election weren't thrown out.

West Hawaii Today reports that local officials are questioning how the general election will be handled.

They're concerned about Puna, which is threatened by a lava flow. It's the same area that was hit hard by Tropical Storm Iselle right before Hawaii's primary.

State Sen. Russell Ruderman says election officials were "absurdly out of touch" with the situation in Puna after the storm.

Some polling stations in the area were closed on Election Day due to storm damage. Others remained open, which critics say was a poor decision.

Ruderman says it's inexcusable that election officers changed direction with little notice on how the region's residents would cast their votes.

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