Kaua‘i Democrats to caucus tonight

LIHU‘E — While the Kaua‘i Democratic Party’s biennial caucus tonight will lack the fanfare and excitement of the 2008 presidential primary battle between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, there is still work to be done.

Tonight from 7 to around 9 p.m., the party will be electing precinct officers and choosing delegates to the county and state conventions, to be held April 10 in Lihu‘e and May 28-30 in Waikiki, respectively, the party announced recently.

Creating some confusion, however, is the realignment of some precinct boundaries after the closing of multiple local polling stations due to noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Janice Bond, the Democratic Party’s 15th District chair.

Bond said the border between Precincts 3 and 4 in her district has been moved from Rice Street to the Nawiliwili Stream. Both precincts, along with 15-1 and 15-2, are meeting tonight at the War Memorial Convention Hall.

District 15, represented at the Legislature by Democrat James Tokioka, lost one polling station since the last election, Bond said. Districts 14 and 16, home to Democrats Hermina Morita and Roland Sagum, respectively, also lost locations and have adjusted precinct boundaries since the 2008 election.

To view the precinct maps, go to www.thegardenisland.com or www.hawaii.gov/elections/maps. To determine your precinct by street address, visit www4.honolulu.gov/vote.

Tonight’s caucus locations are not necessarily each precinct’s regular polling place, Bond said. See the sidebar for each precinct’s caucus site, many of which are opening early for registration and processing for those registered voters who join the Democratic Party tonight, Bond said.

To verify your voter registration status, call the Office of the County Clerk at 241-6371 or the Kaua‘i Elections Division at 241-4800.

For more information on the Kaua‘i Democratic Party, visit www.kauaidemocrats.org.

The Kaua‘i Republican Party had no events listed on its Web site, www.gopkauai.com, and a phone message left for Chair Bill Georgi Tuesday morning was not returned as of press time.

• Michael Levine, assistant news editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or mlevine@kauaipubco.com.

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