Absentee voting is slow

Three more days of early walk-in balloting

By DENNIS WILKEN

TGI Staff

Writer

Absentee voting is slowly picking up as the primary election this

Saturday draws nearer.

More than 640 votes were cast last week on Kaua’i

in the first four days that walk-in absentee balloting was available, election

officials said.

Hawai’i voters can apply for a vote-by-mail absentee

ballot. Sept. 16 was the deadline for applications for the primary.

Applications for the Nov. 7 general election may be submitted to the Kaua`i

County clerk until Oct. 31.

Hawai`i also offers in-person, walk-in absentee

voting.

Primary walk-ins have been going to the lobby of the historic

county building on Rice Street in Lihu`e since Sept. 11 and can continue to

vote there until 4 p.m. this Thursday.

If voters choose to come in on

election day – Saturday – they have between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to cast their

ballot.

Not as many citizens have been taking advantage of the 16 lobby

voting booths this year as did in 1998, according to deputy county clerk Ernie

Pasion.

“It’s been picking up a little, though,” Pasion noted. “We had 150

voters Monday (Sept. 11), 163 Tuesday, 164 Wednesday and 167

Thursday.”

Pasion said no one segment of the population prefers walk-in

absentee balloting.

“It’s really mixed, although more of them are 40 years

old and up,” he said.

No matter the age, absentee voting “is a very

convenient way to vote and avoid the long lines and maybe even a one or

two-hour wait on election day,” he said.

Pasion also reminded voters that,

by state law, doing your civic duty must be paid for. Voters “can pick up a

stub for their employer to prove they voted,” he said.

Voters are also

protected from the media. Hawai`i state law doesn’t allow the press to contact

voters within a 200-foot perimeter around a polling place.

Staff

writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and

dwilken@pulitzer.net

Staff Photo by Dennis Fujimoto

ABSENTEE

VOTERS que up to the County Clerk’s office before voting in the polls set up in

the lobby area of the historic county building.

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