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Hawaii lawmakers push plans for voting by mail

Published: Mar. 24, 2015 at 5:56 PM HST
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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Voting by mail could become the norm in Hawaii under a proposal in the state Legislature.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a plan Tuesday that would phase in mailing absentee ballots to all voters.

The proposal aims to boost Hawaii's low voter turnout and increase voter participation.

It would start with smaller counties and gradually build up so that everyone gets ballots in the mail.

The way it works now people can sign up to vote by mail or they can vote in person during the two weeks before Election Day.

Advocates say mail-in voting could save money by reducing the number of polling stations needed.

The committee also changed another bill so that it would allow the elections commission to remove its chairman by a two-thirds vote.

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