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Kauai voters brave rough terrain, time constraints to cast their ballots

Several Kauai residents braved rough terrain to perform their civic duty on Saturday. (Image: Hawaii News Now) Several Kauai residents braved rough terrain to perform their civic duty on Saturday. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Hanalei Elementary School was the closest poling place for many Haena and Wainiha residents. (Image: Hawaii News Now) Hanalei Elementary School was the closest poling place for many Haena and Wainiha residents. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
KAUAI (Hawaii News Now) -

Voters living in Kauai's flood-ravaged North Shore had to be flexible on Saturday to successfully cast their ballots for several key races in the primary election.

Crews are still working on repairs to areas of Kuhio Highway damaged by flooding, so Wainiha and Haena residents who wanted to vote needed to travel via escorted convoy to cast their ballot.

For the entire day, only four scheduled convoys operated out of Wainiha while polls were open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the closest polling place was located at a security checkpoint at Hanalei Elementary School.

However despite the time and travel restrictions, residents say it wasn't enough to keep them from voting.

"I was at the convoy 45 mins early waiting so I'd be first in line," said Margaret Gill, a Wainiha resident.  "(I wanted to) get there real quick and turn around and possibly get back out on the next convoy instead of having to wait until 5:30."

Kauai voters had an extra reason to head to the polls Saturday to vote for the Garden Isle's next mayor. Seven candidates are vying for the seat left open be Mayor Bernard Carvalho who is terming out after 10 years in the position.

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