Friday, January 15, 2010

$1.3M sought for special election | | The Honolulu Advertiser

$1.3M sought for special election | | The Honolulu Advertiser:

The state Office of Elections has asked for an emergency appropriation of $1.3 million to help finance a special election to fill the remaining months of U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie's term in Congress.

The $1.3 million is related to Hawai'i's share of federal Help America Vote Act funds to improve elections administration, and a recent federal audit found that the money should have been placed in the state's general fund years ago.

Scott Nago, the state's interim chief elections officer, said a special election could be held as soon as May 1, provided that his cash-strapped office receives the funding and the state acquires new voting machines.

Nago said the $1.3 million would cover the cost of an all-mail special election — about $925,000 — and help with preparations for the September primary and November general elections.

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