By Tiffany Edwards Hunt
(Media release) — Lately, there have been press reports calling into question my voter registration history and suggesting that I might be guilty of some sort of voter crime. It is becoming increasingly obvious that these reports and the source(s) of them are politically motivated.
I am a resident of Puna Council District 5, and have been for over 90 days before the primary election. Under the Hawaii County Charter, any voter and candidate for office must be a resident of the district for at least ninety (90) days before the primary election.
I am currently registered to vote in Puna Council District 5, residing with my husband at our family home in Hawaiian Acres.
In 2012 I was registered to vote in what is now Puna Council District 4, and listed my residence at my husband’s Pahoa home and surf shop, which has a living quarters.
Shortly after the 2012 election I was nominated to serve on the Windward Planning Commission. After being nominated to the commission for District 4, I learned that I should be registered in District 5 in Mountain View. I declined the nomination and updated my voter registration residency address for the next election.
I welcome any legitimate investigation regarding this issue.
After I learned of a potential pending investigation by police, I immediately contacted the responsible officer but I have not yet received a response.
I am properly registered as a voter and candidate in District 5. I look forward to serving the people of this Puna district, if elected.