Hawaii court to consider delaying makeup primary

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge is expected to consider delaying a makeup primary for more than 8,000 voters on the Big Island less than 24 hours before the polls are scheduled to open.

Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura set a hearing for Thursday morning to hear a complaint from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who wants the Friday election delayed.

Hanabusa is running against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for Senate. But she says the makeup election doesn't give enough time for voters in two Puna precincts to recover from a tropical storm that hit last week.

Nearly 7,000 people were still without power on the Big Island on Wednesday when Hanabusa filed the complaint against the head of state elections office.

Hanabusa trails Schatz by about 1,600 votes.

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