Hanabusa May Sue to Block Friday’s Primary Election in Puna

Congresswoman says voters in storm-wracked area are disenfranchised, receiving "disparate treatment" from Hawaii Elections Office.

·By Chad Blair

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said Tuesday that she is considering legal action to stop Friday’s scheduled election on the Big Island.

Speaking by telephone from Puna, where two polling precincts were closed the day before the Aug. 9 primary, Hanabusa said voters in District 4 are being disenfranchised by the state Elections Office.

“One of the things that became very obvious to me — I’ve been here since Sunday — is that the accessibility issue is amazing,” she said. “You could not access these communities. They can’t come out. … And, after that, to realize that Elections Office actually called it for this Friday, I could not

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