Drive-through voter registration today, tomorrow in Kona

New Hawaii voters have until Thursday, July 9, to register to vote in the 2020 Primary Election. Registered voters will automatically receive their ballot in the mail starting July 21. Voters should also check that their registration is current, so their ballot is sent to the correct address.

“As we move to elections by mail, it is important that your voter registration is up to date. Ballots must be delivered to the mailing address on file with your voter registration. It is not forwardable,” said Scott Nago, Chief Election Officer.

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To register to vote in the Primary Election on Aug, 8, you must be a U.S. Citizen, Hawaii resident, and at least 18 years old. Voters can register to vote or update their voter registration online at www.elections.hawaii.gov or by submitting a Voter Registration Application to their County Elections Division.

To use the Online Voter Registration System, voters will need to log in with their Hawaii Driver License or Hawaii State ID. Otherwise, voters can fill out a paper Voter Registration Application, available at election offices, post offices, libraries, satellite city halls, and also online at elections.hawaii.gov.

On Wednesday and July 9, election officials will be conducting drive-through voter registration for new voters to fill out and submit their completed Voter Registration Application from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days at the corner 744 Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo, Malama Market in Pahoa, and Safeway in Kailua-Kona.

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This is the first year Hawaii will conduct elections by mail, statewide, and no traditional polling places will be established. However, Hawaii residents who miss the Thursday deadline can still register and vote in the Primary Election at a voter service center within their county from July 27 through 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 8. Likewise, voters with special needs can vote in person at a voter service center.

To check your voter registration and for more information about the 2020 Elections, visit www.elections.hawaii.gov or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) or toll free at (800) 442-VOTE.

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