New election machines pass final test

Richard Fujimoto
Richard Fujimoto

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii's brand new election machines face its biggest test a week from Saturday at the primary election.

The office of elections and the neighbor island county clerks took part in a statewide official test. It's to make sure the absentee ballot counters work properly before its big day

people from various political parties and community groups gathered at the state capitol, Saturday morning. They were making sure the new machines are accurate.

Hawaii's Chief Election Officer Kevin Cronin says it's a test, but a very important one. As independent observers looked on, they tell us the machines are working like they should.

"The orientation has been very good, it's smoothly run and we have enough representatives for the election machine company to help us out," Observer Richard Fujimoto said.

Election officials say the new machines should improve the biggest concern they have is accuracy.

"We're concerned about every vote being counted and technology is now helping us do a better job, making sure that every vote is counted and is properly counted," Fujimoto said.

Observers say these new machines should speed up the process, while still counting votes properly.

"I think it's ready and hopefully the outcome will be satisfying to all the voters, that it was done properly, the votes was counted and the result was pretty much accepted as the result," Fujimoto said.

A result officials hope everyone in the state will be satisfied with.

This is the last test of the absentee election machines before the primary election. Around a couple of weeks ago, the regular ballot counters got its final test.