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Subject: Low voter turnout; polling place controversies

CNN interview with the island of Hawaii's county clerk

Here’s the audio recording of my Wednesday interview with the county clerk on the Big Island of Hawaii. Jamae Kawauchi is at the center of a controversy over how the county handled the primary elections this year. Several polling places opened late. Confusion set in. Some voters were turned away or left polling places without voting. One told me the mess caused him to lose confidence in the system. He’s unlikely to vote in November.

At the top of the interview, we also discuss several county initiatives designed to increase voter awareness and participation in a state where less than half of the eligible population cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential race. Questions about the primary election controversy start at about the half-way mark. Pardon the rough cut and tinny audio quality, by the way. I recorded and trimmed this on my phone.