How to register to vote in Hawaii's primary election

How to register to vote in Hawaii's primary election

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Want to vote in Hawaii's primaries on August 13?

The deadline to register to vote – if you haven't already – is July 14.

The good news? Registering this year can all be done online.

The online registration system launched in August, and so far about 20,000 have registered or changed their voter information, a state Office of Elections spokeswoman said.

All you need to register online is a valid drivers license or state ID.

If you've moved or your name has changed since the last election, you can also update your information in the online portal.

And, if you prefer, you can also register the old-fashioned way – by mail. Forms are available online or at post offices, libraries and other community gathering places.

This year's primary elections feature mayoral, council, and state House and Senate races.

Don't want to vote in the primaries?

The deadline to register for the general election on Nov. 8 is Oct. 10.

In 2014, there were 697,033 Hawaii residents registered to vote for the primary election. Of those 42 percent cast a ballot.

At 52 percent, general election turnout was higher, but still lower than the rest of the nation. Some 705,890 people were registered to vote.

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