HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.57          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

PROVIDING AN APOLOGY TO THE WAIANAE COMMUNITY 


 1       WHEREAS, the Office of Elections implemented a new voting
 2   system using new ballots and new vote counting equipment for
 3   the 1998 primary and general elections; and
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 5       WHEREAS, when a huge number of overvotes were recorded in
 6   several precincts in House District 44, Makaha and Waianae, the
 7   initial reaction in defending the new system against a court
 8   challenge was to claim voter error, rather than investigate
 9   whether equipment had malfunctioned or procedures were
10   inadequate; and
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12       WHEREAS, a recount revealed several voting machines had
13   misread ballots; and
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15       WHEREAS, the Waianae and Makaha communities were offended
16   by insinuations that they were uneducated or unable to
17   correctly fill out their ballots; now, therefore
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19       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
20   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
21   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the citizens of House
22   District 44 are deserving of an apology from the State of
23   Hawaii for any and all allegations by officials of the State
24   regarding their ability to vote; and
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26       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor is respectfully
27   urged to extend to the citizens of House District 44 an apology
28   on behalf of the Executive Branch for such statements; and 
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30       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
31   Resolution be transmitted to the Governor of the State of
32   Hawaii.
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