Weeks after election, state workers still not paid

Published: Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than a month after the Nov. 6 election, people who worked at polling places across the state say they still have not been paid.

Checks to approximately 3,100 workers have not been mailed, Hawaii News Now confirmed, but the State Elections Office says the delay is unavoidable.

The office has to verify the work and then hand it off to the State Accounting Office before the checks can be cut. It is a lengthy process, but checks will be mailed this week, officials say.

"They claim we're supposed to be getting our checks in a week or two, but I'm not holding my breath because I've been told so many different stories," said Robert Rabideau, Jr., election precinct chair for Maui Waena.

Officials at the Elections Office say they would like the payment process to move faster, but they are unable to change the procedure at this time.

The checks run anywhere from $75 to $175.

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