Hawaii election officer resigns, 1/3 polling places may close
HONOLULU, Hawaii: This week Hawaii Elections Chief Officer Kevin Cronin announced that he will be resigning from the state position, but with his resignation, according to state officials, concerns about the 2010 elections have risen. Of his resignation, Cronin said,"After considerable thought, I had decided to resign my position as Chief Election Officer at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities." But in addition to resignation, Cronin announced plans to close about one-third of the state's polling places - a total of 97 polling places. The closures are due to a lack of sufficient staff, according to officials. There are a total of 339 polling places statewide.
Cronin's resignation goes into effect December 31, 2009.