Ready to be counted

  • Bethany Freudenthal/The Garden Island

    At 62, Gary Komers registered to vote for the first time because he does not like the direction the country is heading in.

LIHUE — Proving it’s never too late to start voting, 62-year-old Gary Komers registered to vote for the first time Monday.

It wasn’t that hard, he said, and if he can do it, anyone can.

“I’m just a little bit disappointed with how things are looking in the future for everybody as far as the Congress and the way the FBI has been handling their investigations and just the basic nonsense that’s going on out there,” he said at the Election Division’s drive-thru voter registration booth. “Time for me to vote.”

Today is the last day to register to vote in the general election. The county’s drive-thru voter registration booth will be in the parking lot behind the Election’s Division office.

Monday, 18 people registered to vote, bringing total voter registrations for the county to 44,330. Since the Aug. 11 primary election, 493 people have registered to vote.

Early walk-in voting is from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 and the last day to submit an absentee mail application for the general election is Oct. 30.

Komers said he has never been involved in politics, but now is the time.

“I’m tired of what’s happening,” he said.

His biggest concern is simply the truth.

“Everybody I know knows what the truth is. It’s not what Rudy Giuliani and Trump think it is,” he said. “A lie isn’t a lie until it’s proven a lie. The truth will always reveal itself.”

Komers, who lives in his sailboat at Nawiliwili Harbor, said he’s not proud of the fact that he’s never voted, but there comes a time when everybody needs to come clean.

“If you want to help, you need to stand up,” he said.

Drive-thru voter registration is available until 4:30 p.m. today, but for those who can’t make it, there are other options.

If mailed, voter registrations must be postmarked on or before Oct. 9, and online voter registration transactions must be submitted by 4:30 p.m.

Voter registration forms are available online at and at United States post offices, public libraries and most state agencies.


Bethany Freudenthal, Crime, courts and county reporter, 652-7891,

  1. gordon oswald October 9, 2018 3:06 am Reply

    It’s wonderful for the gentleman to get off his boat and vote! He’s just what Hawaii needs. Another liberal Democrat/Socialist leading us all to the promised land!

  2. rk669 October 9, 2018 5:15 am Reply

    Winning! MAGA! New Yorker at the Helm of our Great Nation! PERIOD.

  3. Reverend Malama Robinson October 9, 2018 6:08 am Reply

    So he lives on his boat and now he wants to vote? DLNR HARBORS DO NOT ALLOW LIVE ABOARDS. AND THAT ‘S THE TRUTH?

  4. hutch October 9, 2018 8:51 am Reply

    Another editorial in favor of Democrats in the guise of objective journalism. What a joke this newspaper is.

  5. Just Cuz October 9, 2018 2:10 pm Reply

    How is it that you folks can find a way to blame each others party as the cause of every article published by TGI? You crack me up.

    My next read is going to be the article about the Boys and Girls Club van that was vandalized. That one reeks of Hilary.

  6. Pete Antonson October 9, 2018 3:41 pm Reply

    You Go Gary! Hey Gary, hear that crunching sound? It’s the Republic/Fascist Party in Hawaii being ground up and crushed!!!

  7. Luana Uanoe October 9, 2018 4:01 pm Reply

    Last time I checked living on a boat in Nawiliwili is Illegal!!?!

  8. manongindashadow October 9, 2018 4:23 pm Reply

    First step is the biggest! So proud of you!

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