Act fast: The deadline to register for the general election is Monday

Act fast: The deadline to register for the general election is Monday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the deadline to register to vote days away, the state is kicking off "drive-thru voter registration" events statewide.

During the events, residents will be able to register to vote or update their voter registration from their vehicles. Voters will also be able to drop off completed voter registration forms.

Hawaii's deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday (a federal holiday) at 4:30 p.m.. And that's recently been called into question.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont have said deadlines in Hawaii and nine other states violate the National Voting Rights Act, which calls for mail-in voter registration applications to be accepted if they are postmarked 30 days before the election.

That falls on a Sunday this year. The next day happens to be Columbus Day, when there will be no postal service.

Other states have adjusted their deadlines to account for the long holiday weekend, accepting applications postmarked by Tuesday.

In Hawaii, though, voter registration forms must be submitted to county clerks by 4:30 p.m. Monday and mailed applications must be postmarked by Saturday.

For now, Hawaii's deadline will remain the same.

A state Office of Elections spokeswoman said the office consulted with the state Attorney General's office over the senators' concerns, and has decided to make no change at this time.

To register to vote in Hawaii, you must be a U.S. citizen, a Hawaii resident and at least 18.

For more information on the drive-thru voter registration events or to register online, click here.

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