Judge Rejects Hanabusa Challenge To Delay Hawaii Senate Special Election


HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii judge has upheld the timing of a makeup primary for more than 8,000 voters despite a last-minute challenge from a Senate candidate who said they should have more time to recover from a tropical storm.

Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura ruled Thursday that the election should proceed Friday.

The ruling rejects a complaint from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is running in a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Hanabusa says the makeup election doesn’t give enough time for voters in two Puna precincts to regain power and road access after a tropical storm hit last week.

Hanabusa filed a complaint against the head of Hawaii’s elections office, asking for a temporary restraining order to keep the election from going forward Friday.

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