County wants mayor’s race challenge thrown out

The County of Kaua‘i issued yesterday its response to a challenge of the mayoral race results after the primary election on Sept. 23.

Mayor Bryan Baptiste was named the winner of that race by two votes avoiding a run-off with second-place finisher Jesse Fukushima.

Third-place finisher John Hoff recently filed a court challenge with the state Supreme Court.

Hoff said yesterday he’s challenging the electronic vote-tallying machines, which are sensitive and have a margin of error. With such “a close election, it has to be a clean win,” Hoff said yesterday.

Hoff wants the Hawai‘i Supreme Court to look at the machines.

The county’s response to the court action was to request a motion to dismiss.

A more detailed follow-up to this story will appear in tomorrow’s newspaper.

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