Closed meeting results in election chief's $10,000 raise

Closed meeting results in election chief's $10,000 raise

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's elections chief is getting a $10,000 raise despite criticism over uncounted absentee ballots.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Chief Election Officer Scott Nago was the target of voter frustration after a storm closed precincts leading up to the August 2014 primary, and a glitch resulted in 800 uncounted absentee ballots from Maui voters.

The office also received push-back from the public during the 2012 general election when voters arrived at polls to find there weren't enough ballots.

Thursday, the Elections Commission voted 7-1 in a closed-door meeting to approve the raise, which could go as high as $120,000 based Salary Commission limits.

Commission Chairman William Marston said Nago should not be punished for glitches and problems that were later resolved.

Nago has held the job since 2010.

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