A house bill that would provide a process for the public to register to vote at polling sites on election day will be heard before the House Finance Committee this afternoon. House Bill 2590 was introduced by Representative Kaniela Ing of South Maui. Under the bill, late voter registration would be allowed at absentee polling places beginning in 2016. The measure would also allow late voter registration on election day at both absentee polling and precinct polling places beginning in 2018.
“Hawaiʻi has the lowest voter turnout in the nation. This challenge could jeopardize the effectiveness of Hawaiʻi’s democratic process,” said Representative Ing in a press release statement.
“While there are various reasons people who do not vote, arbitrary registration deadlines should not be one of them. We need to modernize our archaic election processes and make voting as easy and simple as possible,” said Ing.
Election, file photo by Wendy Osher.
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