Akaka's Granddaughter Files Election Protest

Courtesy of Kalei Akaka

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka’s granddaughter wants a do-over in the Aug. 11 primary. If that doesn’t work she at least wants a recount.

Kalei Akaka ran for the Democratic nomination for the District 6 seat in the State House of Representatives, which represents the Kailua-Kona area on Hawaii’s Big Island.

She lost her bid for the seat by 45 votes to Nicole Lowen, who will face off against Republican nominee Roy Ebert in the Nov. 6 general election.

Akaka's was one of a handful of primary election challenges filed with the Hawaii Supreme Court.

In paperwork filed on Tuesday, Akaka says there were several problems with the Aug. 11 primary that could cause a difference in the election results. The main issue, though, has to do with polling places opening and closing late.

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