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Fewer polling places next year

Kevin Cronin Kevin Cronin

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - KHNL and K5 News has learned that the polling place near you might not be open next year.

In a cost-savings measure, the state office of elections plans to close a little more than 60 polling places, with all of them being on Oahu.

The areas affected include Waipahu, Hawaii Kai and Kailua. The state's chief election officer Kevin Cronin tells KHNL and K5 News that in order to pay for the new voting machines, they may be forced to make the closures.

Cronin sent a report concerning this issue to state legislators after they asked the office of elections about cost savings and operational efficiencies.

"Elections are a shared responsibility and if voters take a little bit of time and plan ahead, they may make things easier for themselves while at the same time help us with the very difficult financial circumstances that we're all in," Cronin said.

The State Office of Elections reduced the number of polling places in the last election cycle, but that was just 14 precincts.

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