HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi says she's sorry and takes responsibility for problems that led to primary polls on the Big Island opening late.
Hawaii News Now reports she spoke Tuesday night at a meeting held by the Kona Tea Party, where she described primary day as "very intense."
She says many poll workers were unable to communicate with county election officers because cellphones they were issued weren't programmed with the correct phone numbers. She says her Kona office was late in delivering election materials to polls.
When Gov. Neil Abercrombie learned that more than half of polling stations on the island didn't open on time, he issued a proclamation to keep the polls open 90 minutes later on the island.
The state elections office is conducting a review.