‘Huge turnout:’ West Hawaii voters flock to make choices in person

  • As of 7 p.m. — when polls were scheduled to close in Hawaii — only 36 people remained in line at the West Hawaii Civic Center. All were inside casting ballots by 7:30 p.m. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • The West Hawaii County Band performs while citizens cast their ballots Tuesday evening at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • The socially-distanced line of people waiting to vote at the West Hawaii Civic Center wraps around Building G on Tuesday afternoon. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Bobbie Awa drops off her ballot at the West Hawaii Civic Center on Tuesday. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Dusty Esteban surveys his ballot as he votes at the West Hawaii Civic Center on Tuesday. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Despite a statewide shift to vote by mail, Big Island voters flocked to the voter service center in West Hawaii to cast ballots in person on Tuesday culminating with a big Election Day surge.