Keiko Bonk showed up at Elections HQ demanding that the state Office of Elections explain why so many Oahu precincts ran out of paper ballots.

Bonk is the Green Party candidate running to represent District 20 — which includes Kaimuki and Palolo — in the state House. As of 9:30 p.m., she was losing to incumbent Rep. Calvin Say by 29 percent. 

Hawaii Green Party attorney Lance D. Collins said the elections office violated a slew of federal laws in not providing sufficient paper ballots.

He cited Hokulani Elementary School, which allegedly was left without ballots for more than four hours between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. He said that the paper ballots that eventually arrived were designated for a different district and were in Japanese and Ilocano. 

Hundreds of potential voters eventually left the snaking line at the school without casting their ballots, according to Collins. 

Collins complained that Nago wasn’t available to talk with him when he and the rest of Bonk’s crew arrived at the headquarters around 9:30 p.m.

“We want to know what happened, why it happened … a remedy for the fact that hundreds of people couldn’t vote,” he said. 

He indicated that the Green Party would take legal action pending election officials’ response. 

— Alia Wong

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