Election 2002

Early walk-in voting set
for Mink replacement vote

By Crystal Kua

The Office of Elections has set several deadlines for the special elections for the congressional seat representing rural Oahu and the neighbor islands.

The first election will be held Nov. 30 to fill the remaining weeks of the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink's current term.

The second election will be held Jan. 4 for the new two-year term.

Mink died Sept. 28 after battling viral pneumonia.

Early walk-in voting for the first election will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday to Nov. 27, Monday through Saturday, at the county clerk's offices on Oahu and the neighbor islands.

Early walk-in voting for the second election will be held Dec. 19 to Jan. 2 at the same times and locations.

To vote by mail, absentee ballot applications will be accepted for the first election until Nov. 23 and the second election by Dec. 28.

Three more candidates have filed to run in the Jan. 4 special election, making a total of seven. The deadline to file nomination papers to run is Nov. 20 at the Office of Elections in Pearl City.

They include former state Rep. Bob McDermott, who challenged but lost to Mink in the general election. Mink's posthumous win triggered the January election.

"I hope the Republican Party unites behind my candidacy. We will win. It's that simple. I have the credentials, the experience, the track record and most of all the support (votes) of 71,000 people," he said.

A total of 38 candidates are running in the first election.

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