Voter registration reaches new highs on Big Island

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The number of registered voters on the Big Island has reached an all-time high ahead of this year's primary election on Sept. 18.

Hawaii County election officials say there are more than 101,000 registered voters on the island, a 1.8 percent increase from the number of registered voters for the 2008 general election.

The county's overall population is about 175,000.

Elections Program Administrator Pat Nakamoto says the increase may be due to interest in this year's Democratic gubernatorial primary race, or it could be caused by a natural rise in population.

Former Congressman Neil Abercrombie will face former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary.

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