Hawaii lawmakers draft bills for recounts in close elections

HONOLULU — At least three state senators are drafting legislation that would require automatic recounts in close election races in Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bills being drafted seek to avoid or more quickly resolve election disputes such as the one ongoing for a Honolulu City Council seat.

State Sen. Stanley Chang says he is preparing to submit a bill that would require a hand recount in tight races.

State Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran says he is speaking with colleagues about introducing a bill requiring recounts in elections where the margin is less than 250 votes or 1 percent of votes.

State Sen. Laura Thielen is introducing a bill that would require recounts in cases where the number of votes is within half a percentage point.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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