Candidate who narrowly lost bid for state Senate loses bid to overturn election results

Candidate who narrowly lost bid for state Senate loses bid to overturn election results
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against a former state House member who claimed that ‘irregularities in voting or in counting of votes’ caused him to lose his bid for the state Senate in November.

Matt LoPresti, who previously represented Ewa as the House representative from District 41, lost to Kurt Favella in the general election by 116 votes.

Both candidates were campaigning to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Wil Espero, who resigned his post in order to run for the lieutenant governorship.

On Nov. 26, LoPresti filed a complaint alleging that the precinct captain from Ilima Intermediate School told him that ballots that piled up while the scanner was not working were carelessly stored and had to be flattened out by elections workers. LoPresti, in his complaint, raised the possibility that some ballots may have been altered.

In an opinion handed down early Wednesday afternoon, the state Supreme Court found insufficient evidence that the alleged incident had an impact on the election results.

“LoPresti has not shown in his submissions to this court actual information of errors, mistakes, irregularities, error rates, or variances sufficient to change the outcome of the election or change the reported margin of votes between himself and Favella,” read the opinion.

Favella is now the lone Republican in the state Senate.

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