Voter Registration Deadline Nears

July 2, 2014, 12:07 PM HST · Updated July 2, 12:08 PM
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Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

The state Office of Elections and County Clerks of Hawaiʻi reminds individuals that the last day to register to vote in the primary election is Thursday, July 10, 2014.

According to Office of Elections data, the State of Hawaiʻi has more than 700,000 registered voters, and more than 80,000 registered voters in Maui County.

To be eligible to vote in the state, you must be a US citizen, a resident of Hawaiʻi and at least 18 years old.

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Elections officials say registered voters that have changed their name or moved since the last election should re-register before the voter registration deadline.

During the 2012 primary election, there were a total of 84,042 individuals registered to vote in Maui County.  Of that number, only 30.6% or 25,702 individuals actually voted.  That included 14,151 individuals voting at precincts, and 11,551 absentee ballots cast.

During the 2012 general election, voter registration increased to 86,053 in Maui County.  Of that number, 56.8% or 48,915 individuals voted.  That included 30,854 ballots cast at precincts on election day, and 18,061 ballots cast during absentee voting.

Wikiwiki Voter Registration Forms are available at: US post offices; public libraries; the Yellow Pages; the Office of Elections website; County Clerk’s Offices; and most state agencies.

Completed voter registration forms must be turned in to the appropriate County Clerk by 4:30 p.m. on July 10, or postmarked by July 10th, 2014 if mailed.

The primary election is on Saturday, August 9th.

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