Hawaii lawmakers pass same-day voter registration

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow voters to register at polling places on the same day they vote.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow voters to register at polling places on the same day they vote.

The measure aims to encourage voting in a state where turnout is often dismal.

The House and Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a measure (HB 2590) that will allow voters to register at early voting sites beginning in 2016 or at their assigned polling places on Election Day starting in 2018.

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Hawaii Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago said in testimony supporting the measure that any qualified person who wants to vote should be able to register and vote.

A measure approved in conference committee set $100,000 toward costs. Honolulu City Clerk Bernice Mau estimates the measure would cost Honolulu $190,000 during each election cycle.

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