A Honolulu attorney is suing a notary and his office in an attempt to force them to reveal how many people are registered to vote in the state.
It all started in March when Notary Joe Morales was sworn in as notary president, and he started getting phone calls from voters upset that they didn’t get their notary cards in time to vote, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Hawaii State Supreme Court.
“They were calling me all the time asking me if they had their notarized ballot in hand and, you know, what were they supposed to do with their ballot?”
Morales told KHON2.
Morales says the notary was not only rude, but he also told voters that their cards were fake.
“We got calls saying, ‘Oh my god, you guys have no idea how many votes you got,'” Morales said.
“And they were really upset, and I told them it was just a mistake, and that they would be able to vote on Tuesday and not have their cards tampered with.
I told the people, ‘Just let it go.'”
The state legislature later voted to suspend the notaries license and Morales says the state government now has no way to contact the notar.
“The state is going to get rid of the notars.
There’s no way for the state to contact us to let us know we’re on the ballot.
We have no way of communicating to them,” Morales said.”
So I decided to file an action in the courts, which is to have them notary’s offices in Hawaii state to come up with a plan to actually help people get their ballots on time,” Morales continued.
The lawsuit is seeking to overturn the suspension and reinstate the notarial license.
“What I think is so sad is that these notaries are people who are supposed to be there for the people and to ensure that the people get to vote,” Morales told reporters.
“I don’t know what we could do to help those people get those ballots on the November 6th ballot, but I’m asking the state of Hawaii to find a way to help us get them on the election day,” Morales added.