Hawaii voter participation up from 2012 general election

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some 437,550 Hawaii residents cast ballots Tuesday, beating out the participation seen in the 2012 general election by 391 voters.

Scott Nago, chief of the Office of Elections, said the higher participation is thanks in large part to an increase in registered voters. The state now has a record 750,000 individuals registered to vote.

Because registration rose so significantly, turnout actually declined on Tuesday.

Some 58 percent of Hawaii's registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday, down from 62 percent in 2012.

The higher participation was evident at the polls, where many encountered long lines that were made worse by voting machine snags at polling places.

The Office of Elections said 125 out of 233 polling places across the state were still open after their 6 p.m., when the polls were set to close.

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