Early walk-in voting begins

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Michael Hanson

The State Office of Elections opened its general election early voting walk-in locations on Tuesday.

For statewide times and locations click HERE.

Three locations are available on Oahu: one at Honolulu Hale, one at Kapolei Hale, and one at the Pali Golf Course on the second floor Banquet Hall. They will all be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until November 3.

"Voters are being asked to come down early so that you don't have to wait in any lines," said Honolulu City Clerk Bernice Mau. "Bring some kind of identification so we can identify you to your board of registration file that we have here, and then you're good to go."

It is notable that early voters will be able to cast their ballots on Saturdays, October 27 and November 3.  Also, the Honolulu Hale location will have paper and electronic voting, while the locations at Kapolei Hale and the Pali Golf Course will have electronic voting only.

"You know I wanted to make sure my vote counted exactly the way I want it, so I came down this morning because today is the first day," said Sandra Pohl, an early walk-in voter. "Everybody here has been so nice, I mean they're so cordial and they have facilitated me getting a new ballot, so I was really appreciative of that."

For those who wish to mail in their votes, absentee mail ballot requests must be received by the Office of the City Clerk by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30. The Office of the City Clerk urges voters to submit their application well in advance of the deadline to ensure that their requests are processed in a timely manner.

As of October 22, more than 119,000 ballots have been mailed out to Hawaii homes.

Statewide voter registration is up.  There are 705,668 registered to vote in the upcoming  general election compared to 690,748 in the 2010 general election.

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