Don’t miss your last chance to register to vote

This is one election you don’t want to miss — and Monday is your last chance to register to vote in the general election.

Consider just a few of the ongoing issues on Kauai — property taxes, feral cats, trash fees, traffic, salaries for county employees,

recycling, GMOs and pesticides — and it’s clear there is a great deal at stake.

Many people are calling for change. Many are saying our elected officials are doing their job as best as they can under difficult circumstances.

It’s you, the voters, who will decide who you want to lead this island in the general election on Nov. 4.

We won’t say who to vote for, but we will say, be sure to register and vote. If you’re happy with the way things are on Kauai, you’re likely to stick with the incumbents. If you’re unhappy with the direction of Kauai, you’ll probably go with the challengers. Despite some public outcry over different issues such as taxes, it’s likely that most of the incumbents will be voted back into office. It’s just the nature of the beast that voters tend to stay in their comfort zone and go with who and what is familiar. Challengers generally face an uphill battle to get their name known and get elected into any office.

We urge residents to learn about each candidate. There 14 candidates for seven seats on the Kauai county council, as well as two candidates for the mayor position, and six running for three state legislator spots. Find out where candidates stand on issues, their work history, their education and what they’re proposing to do should they be elected.

Look for a special election section in TGI on Oct. 19 that will give candidates a chance to share their views on different areas important to Kauai. There are also still several public candidate forums coming up. Remaining forums are slated Oct. 14 at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center, Oct. 27 at the Princeville Community Association and Oct. 29 at Wilcox Elementary School Cafeteria.

Key to all this is you. You must be registered to be able to vote on Nov. 4 and Monday is your final day to do so. Kudos to the county for trying to make this easy for you.

The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk will be offering drive-thru voter registration services for the General Election in the parking area fronting the Historic County Building and Annex from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This service coincides with the 2014 General Election voter registration deadline on Oct. 6.

Individuals wishing to use this drive-thru service can drive to the parking area fronting the Historic County Building and provide voter registration officials with current and valid photo identification.

Other acceptable forms of identification include a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that show the name and address of the individual who is registering to vote.

To register to vote, an individual must complete a voter registration affidavit and show the drive-thru staffer an acceptable form of identification noted above. Registered voters who wish to update their registration information or apply for an absentee mail ballot can also utilize this drive-thru service.

This may be one of Kauai’s most important elections. The direction of its future will be affected by the outcome of the Nov. 4 general election.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of it.

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