Early voting for primary election begins

Voters lined up Monday morning to take advantage of early primary voting on Oahu.

Several people were at Honolulu Hale at 8 a.m. when voting began.

Ralph Steensen likes to vote on Primary Election day, but this year he has important business.

“I’m going to be travelling. It’s my wife’s mother’s 100th birthday in Japan, so we’re going to be gone on voting day,” he said.

Early voting locations will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Thursday, August 7 at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale.

Both paper and electronic ballots will be available at Honolulu Hale, however only electronic voting machines are available in Kapolei.

“The electronic machines prevent voters from making errors, voting across parties,” explained Glen Takahashi, Oahu election official. “It will lock the voter out. It will also lock out more choices than allowed. So if it says no more than two, it will allow only for two.”

If you do vote on paper, remember, once you pick a party, you can only vote in that party’s races.

Early voting sites can be found in all counties. Voters are required to show a photo ID.

Hawaii’s Primary Election takes place August 9.

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