Congressman Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, will resign from the U. S. House of Representatives on February 28th. This vacancy in his remaining term through early 2011 must be filled by a special election scheduled at least sixty days in advance, so the earliest we can elect his replacement is late April.

Some have suggested that we don’t need the special election until our regular primary election on September 18th. That demonstrates not only a disrespect for our rights as citizens, but a basic lack of knowledge of how Capitol Hill works and what’s at stake.

We should schedule this special election as soon as possible. Here are ten reasons:

*1. Full representation at all times. Over 600,000 citizens live in Hawai