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Neighborhood Board Election Results Released after Inquiry from Hawai’i Free Press
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 842 Views :: Honolulu County

Neighborhood Board Election Results Released after Inquiry from Hawai’i Free Press

by Andrew Walden

Last night the Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office website indicated that results of the May 17, 2019, Neighborhood Board elections would not be released until June 3, 2019. 

This was a change from previously announced deadline: “The Results are released no later than 7 days following the end of voting” -- May 24, 2019.

So we sent the NCO a question: “Why has the release of Neighborhood Board election results been pushed back from May 24 to June 3?”

Along with the response, we also got something else—the election results -- five days ahead of the new deadline. 

Here is what James Skizewski, Community Relations Specialist of the Neighborhood Commission Office told us:

The results were never pushed back. Results are required to be released by the first business day in June of the election year per the Neighborhood Plan.

We do acknowledge that there was some miscommunication as our website did mention that results would be published 7 days after closing. Although online voting ended on May 17, per the plan we do allow one weeks’ time to receive May 17, 2019, post marked mailed ballots.  Following that one week waiting period, ballots were counted the day after Memorial Day, certified by the commission on Wednesday May 29, and released today May 30.

We assure you all election deadlines were met in accordance with the rules outline in the Neighborhood Plan.

Sec §2-17-309-b of the Neighborhood Plan reads: “The certified election results shall be made public no later than the first business day in June of the election year.”

18,450 ballots were cast yielding 10.26% voter turnout, both records for Neighborhood Board elections.

Four of the NB races are tied and will be recounted.  If the recount does not break the tie, the winner will be decided by lot.

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PDF: NB Election Results

April 25, 2019: Neighborhood Board Voting Begins

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