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A day of voting at Kauai's primary

Well, i finally got it right. We are electing a new mayor and seven county council members in November on Kauai. Today however was the primary election. If someone gets 50% of the mayoral vote, there will not be an election in November. And,  we are narrowing down the county council candidates from 22 to 14.

I headed off to the Kapaa Middle School to vote earlier this afternoon. After making my picks, I went to insert my ballot into the ballot machine. The machine spit it back out to me and the gentlemen helping said that i needed to blacken the square next to the candidate of my choice, not simply make an 'X'. OK. I went back and pressed hard with the pens and then came back to reinsert my ballot. NOPE. The machine spit the ballot back again and it was then i realized, I had selected eight, not seven, candidates for county council. Guess what? I had a "spoiled ballot". Oh well. Now, the election volunteers had to check me out, check my ID, and then have me sign several pieces of paper before starting me all over again.

The good news is, I finally got it right. If you have never been to Kauai, it is truly "small town" politics. Electioneers are spread all over the road, up and down the island, promoting their candidates. The leading mayoral candidate, a former football player, and the head of our Parks and recreation Department, seems to have more relatives than i have blades of grass in my yard. His teal and white signs were visible pretty much everywhere you turned. His name is Bernard Carvalho and he was the favorite son of our mayor, Bryan Baptiste, who passed away suddenly several months ago.

When you see these people in their T-shirts waving their placards, you just have to smile. At least that's what i do.  We'll hopefully find out tomorrow who is left in these two contests.

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 5 commentsRonnie Margolis • September 20 2008 10:04PM
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