BINC: Hawaii County Clerk Solicits Tea Party Help for November Election
Kawauchi said she’s been trying to institute needed election office procedure changes, but cannot get concurrence from the State Elections Office–even though Scott Nago says there have been no suggestions. She also said she knows her job is on the line because of the problems of the last several weeks, but told the Tea Partiers if she goes, the problems will still remain….
Another issue raised by the Tea Party members was the issue of ballot and poll list security and possible ballot fraud. They asked Kawauchi to comment. Kawauchi said the drivers who transport the materials are all hired by the State, not by the County, so she did not have control over them. They discussed possible solutions such as having the police or other armed guards escort the ballots; Kawauchi said she would take that under consideration. What there was no discussion of were the measures already in place by the State to double check the voter lists against those who voted, and to double check the count. Kawauchi indicated several times there were no specific procedures in place for the State and County Elections Departments, and therefore, determining which entity had responsibility for what was a challenge….
Kawauchi asked the members of the Kona Tea Party to come Monday morning, August 20, to the Hawaii County Council meeting at 10a.m. and testify to help ensure she’ll still be in place for the November election. She said she appreciated having a dialogue with non-government people about how government can work better and wished more County Department Directors would have similar conversations. She said she welcomed the Tea Party members’ suggestions on how to improve the elections process. She said if she’s removed from her job, nobody will be the advocate for the voice of change with the county or the state relative to the elections process.
She promised to try to provide a list of key issues and talking points for the Tea Party members to use in their testimony prior to Monday’s meeting.
BIC: County Clerk Discusses Election Mess With Kona Tea Party
Kawauchi spent a good deal of time explaining her roles and duties as County Clerk before someone in the Kona audience interjected with a request for her to “move along” and discuss the election.
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