Politics

Judge Rules Puna Voting Will Proceed on Friday

With U.S. Senate race hanging in balance, candidate Colleen Hanabusa had sought a delay in voting for the storm-damaged region on the Big Island.

·By Nick Grube

HILO, HAWAII — The state primary election will conclude Friday as planned, a Hawaii court ruled Thursday

Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura in Hilo rejected a motion to postpone the election from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who trails U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz by 1,635 votes out of roughly 230,000 ballots cast in last Saturday’s Democratic primary.

In her motion, Hanabusa said the Puna voting should be delayed until power is restored, roadblocks are removed and proper notification is given to voters in the two affected precincts that couldn’t vote last Saturday

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