Hawaii Supreme Court to hear arguments in contested Maui election

WAILUKU, Hawaii — Oral arguments contested election results for the Maui County Council’s Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu seat have been scheduled for Jan. 19, effectively leaving the council in a state of limbo for at least the next two weeks.


What You Need To Know

    • Incumbent Alice Lee led Noelani Ahia by 513 votes in the last reported tally on Nov. 21
    • Ahia and 30 Maui County voters want the results of the election voided and a new election ordered on the basis that Maui County Clerk Kathy Kaohu’s handling of 800-plus deficient ballots caused the result of the election not to be known
    • In scheduling oral arguments, the Hawaii Supreme Court ordered Kaohu and Hawaii chief election officer Scott Nago to provide further information, including whether a so-called signature device was initially used to compare signatures of return identification envelopes
  • Both sides said they are happy that a court date has been scheduled and look forward to a speedy resolution

Incumbent Alice Lee led Noelani Ahia by 513 votes in the last reported tally on Nov. 21.

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