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ACLU files complaint over election

August 21, 2014 - 4:56pm

HONOLULU — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is asking the state’s top court to allow voters affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to cast ballots in a primary election.

The ACLU filed the challenge in state Supreme Court on Thursday.

The lawsuit against Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago and others says voters on Hawaii Island were disenfranchised. It says people couldn’t get to the polls because of storm damage.

The ACLU says the series of state decisions denied voters their rights.

ACLU attorney Daniel Gluck says the votes in question may not change the outcome of the race. But he says the ACLU filed because the right to vote is a cornerstone or democracy.

Abercrombie spokesman Justin Fujioka says the state will not comment on pending litigation.