The deadline to register for the primary election on Aug. 13 is next Thursday. And to get more people signed up, the state will be hosting registration events statewide. “We’ll be having them statewide — three on the Big Island, one on Maui, one on Kauai and one here on O’ahu,” said Scott Nago, the state’s chief election officer. The drive, which will include new TV ads, is aimed at changing Hawaii’s last-in-the-nation ranking for voter turnout. And voting officials say they’re hopeful this year, not least of which because a new online registration system has already resulted in more residents signed up.
The eligible voting population in Hawaii is just over a million people and officials say more than 700,000 are already registered. Since August, when the online registration system was launched, 20,000 people have signed up.
“You can do a lot of things online now. You can register to vote. You can also request a permanent absentee ballot. You can also check your polling place, as well as see a sample ballot,” said Nago.
And you can change your address, something that’s required if you’ve moved since the last election. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll have to do that by July 14 if you want to vote in the primary election.