Are Hawaii voters ready to cast their votes by mail only? Some lawmakers think so. It’s a measure that’s been proposed and election officials have a strong argument for it. Chief election officer Scott Nago says the numbers show more people are not heading to the polls anymore. Voting by mail would also save the state money. We learned that 62 percent voted absentee during the 2016 primary. For the general election, absentee votes made up 54 percent.
Officials say since many are not voting on Election Day, it’s getting harder to recruit people to work. They need about 4,000 poll workers for the state.
“You are basically opening up a polling place for a minority of voters to come in,” said Nago.
But is Hawaii ready to make that switch? In 2016, Always Investigating reported more than a thousand absentee ballots mailed in for the general election were not counted.