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BREAKING: Governor Orders Extended Hours at Hawai’i Island Polling Places

August 11, 2012, 2:42 PM HST
* Updated August 11, 4:48 PM
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Photo from Wailuku Elementary polling place, by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Multiple polling locations on the Big Island opened late this morning, prompting a proclamation from the governor calling for extended polling hours on Hawai’i Island only.

The proclamation extends polling hours on Hawai’i Island 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, authorities said. 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.

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

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