Widespread Problems at Various Big Island Polling Places Leads Governor to Order Extension of Voting Hours

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Elections 2012
Graphic: Emily Metcalf

REPORT FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE – Gov. Neil Abercrombie has issued a proclamation to extend polling hours on Hawai’i Island only by an hour and a half today.

Polling locations in the Counties of Maui, Kaua’i and Honolulu will close at the 6 p.m.; polling locations in Hawai’i County will close at 7:30 p.m.


This morning, there were multiple polling stations on Hawai’i Island that opened later than scheduled.

The length of the delays varied from a few minutes in some places to more than a half hour in others, and almost an hour and a half in one location.

“The most important issue in this situation is to make sure that everyone who wants to vote can vote. By extending the poll hours, we are making that possible,” stated Governor Abercrombie.

“I also want to thank all those who are working hard to assist at all polling stations across the state.”