Green Party of Hawaii goes to court over election day problems

December 13, 2012 in State Party News

The Green Party of Hawaii

The Green Party of Hawaii has gone to court. The party’s attorney, Lance Collins, is quoted by the Associated Press saying

The ultimate goal is to make elections transparent and have integrity.

So, in what way did the elections lack integrity? Well, as it turns out, two dozen precincts in Oahu ran out of paper ballots on election day. In the suit the Greens are asking a federal judge to throw out the formula the state uses to decide how many ballots to have on hand on election day. Collins is representing seven voters who have sued both the state and elections official Scott Nago.

The article at NewsOK, the website for The Oklahoman, says that Nago is blaming a “deficient model” for the fact that these polling places ran out of paper ballots on election day. This “model” apparently depended on old precinct boundaries instead of the new boundaries which were drawn with more recent census data.

The state has said that it will undertake an investigation into what happened, but Collins sounded doubtful.

It’s one thing to say you’re going to investigate, and it’s another thing to actually do the right thing.

An article at Honolulu Civil Beat also makes mention of the fact that some voters were given the wrong ballots on election day.

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