State offers drive-thru voter registration before deadline

As the deadline looms, the state is making it easy for residents to register to vote in next month’s primary election.

Officials and volunteers with the Office of Elections are operating drive-thrus in Honolulu, Lihue, Hilo and Kona Wednesday and Thursday.

Just drive up and you can register on the spot. “Stay in your car and election officials will be able to assist in registering you to vote,” Chief Election Officer Scott Nago said.

“It’s so quick — two to five minutes. You can leave your engine running and we’ll be out here to help,” said volunteer Lee Leonard. “We’re just trying to increase awareness and voter turnout and voter registration basically for this upcoming election year.”

The deadline to vote in the primary election is Thursday, July 10, and the primary election will be held August 9. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registered voters that have changed their name or moved since the last election should re-register before the voter registration deadline.

You must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Hawaii and at least 18 years old to vote.

The drive-thru program was reinstated after a break last election year and is operating at the following locations and times:

Hawaii Island
Kona: Kmart, Pahoa Marketplace
Hilo: Old GMC in
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kauai
Lihue: Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oahu
Honolulu: Hawaii State Capitol facing Beretania St.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wikiwiki Voter Registration Forms are available at:

Completed voter registration forms must be turned in to the appropriate City/County Clerk by 4:30 p.m. Thursday or postmarked by July 10 if mailed.

For additional information on the 2014 elections, visit www.hawaii.gov/elections or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683).

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