Problems on the Big Island led to major voting result delays on Saturday. And there’s ongoing controversy in at least one race there.
As Capitol Watch reports:
Former state senator and Hawaii County Mayor Lorraine Inouye is not yet conceding a loss to Sen. Malama Solomon.
The fifth and final printout from the state Elections Office shows Solomon leading 47.5 percent to 46.7 percent — 4,068 votes to 3,999 in the race to represent North Hilo to Waimea.
Statement from Inouye Sunday (Aug. 12):
Under normal circumstances, I would have conceded the Senate District 4 race to Senator Malama Solomon last night.
However, due to the closeness of my race, I am in the process of fact finding to determine if Office of Elections adhered to proper and legal election procedures and whether or not our voters were denied their right to vote.
I will also be looking into any other irregularities by The Office of Elections that may have impacted the outcome, not only of my race but other races as well.
I am not fully satisfied that this election was fair and legal.
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