Pat Saiki, the State Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, called on the Office of Elections to delay the planned Friday election until Puna residents have access to basic necessities, according to the Hawai'i Republican Party.
The GOP says many residents are projected to be without electricity or running water for several weeks.
"Instead of the Office of Elections forcing residents to turn from rebuilding their lives to head to the polls, the State should be focusing all of its efforts on providing these victims with basic necessities like food, water and electricity. To think a family whose home and property has been ruined in the wake of Iselle must put the Democrat primary ahead of their problems is a shame," said Saiki.
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The only race in question is the Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate between Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa. Schatz is ahead by about 1,600 votes going into Friday's walk-in voting. About 6,800 registered voters in Puna have not yet voted in the Primary Election.
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