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Hawaii lawmaker wants to hold elections officer accountable

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A lawmaker from Hawaii's Big Island wants to hold the state's chief elections officer accountable for voting bungles.

Rep. Joy San Buenaventura says voters in her Puna district on Hawaii's Big Island were denied their right to vote during the last primary election.

She's introduced a bill that calls for performance evaluations for the chief elections officer. She also wants the officer's term reduced from four years to two years.

A committee discussed San Buenaventura's bill Friday.

Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago was at the hearing to testify on other bills. Nago says he isn't taking a position on San Buenaventura's bill and he has no comment.

The League of Women Voters says the top elections officers needs more than two years in office. They agree performance evaluations are important.

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