Brownout experienced in County Building lot

A brownout of sorts took place Monday in the parking lot of the Historic County Building.

As state elections laws prohibit campaigning (“electioneering”) within a 200-foot radius of parking areas where voting takes place, and Monday marked the start of absentee walk-in voting at the Historic County Building, an elections worker covered with brown paper most of the bumper stickers on most of the vehicles parked in the Historic County Building parking lot.

That included the vehicles of six of the seven councilmembers, whose cars were parked in their reserved stalls during their attendance at a day-long special council meeting.

Councilmember Bill “Kaipo” Asing has no bumper stickers, so his truck was spared. And those whose vehicles were parked at the Historic County Building only long enough for them to vote also were spared.

Walk-in absentee voting happens on Kaua’i only at the Historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu’e, and those wishing to vote absentee in advance of the Saturday, Sept. 21 primary election need only be registered voters, and show up with valid picture identification.

Voters used to need some sort of reason for casting votes before election day, but no longer need a reason for voting early.

Absentee walk-in voting is offered today through this Saturday, Sept. 14, and next Monday through Thursday, Sept. 16 to 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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