HONOLULU (AP) – Only 6.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in what officials say was the nation’s first all-digital election.

The results of 22 Oahu Neighborhood Commission races released late Tuesday showed only about 7,300 of the 115,000 eligible voters cast ballots online or by phone.

Neighborhood Commission executive director Joan Manke says she is “very disappointed” with the turnout. She says voters weren’t used to a new way of choosing candidates.

In the 2007 neighborhood elections, turnout was 28 percent with voters choosing either paper or online ballots.

This time, eligible voters received a passcode that allowed them to vote on a Web site. Voting also was conducted by phone, with results electronically fed into the same computer system that collected the Web votes.

AP-ES-05-27-09 1606EDT


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