Backup plans in place in case lava impacts general election

If the lava on the Big Island crosses major roads, residents fear they could see a repeat of the isolation they felt during the aftermath of tropical storm Iselle, which also caused voting headaches in Puna.

KHON2 News wanted to know what the state has planned in case mother nature wreaks havoc once again.

We all remember the headaches that came after tropical storm Iselle struck the Big Island.

Many voters were unable to get to the polls during the August primary election.

In the wake of that storm and the problems it caused, this time the State Office of Elections is being pro-active just in case the lava does cause problems for the November general election.

A spokesman with the office of elections says they are working with the Hawaii County Clerk.

For voters assigned to Keonepoko Elementary School, Pahoa Community Center, Pahoa High and Intermediate School, the plan is to provide those voters with an absentee mail ballot application, giving them the option to vote by mail.

Additionally, the Hawaii County Clerk is looking to establish an early voting site near the affected communities.

Early voting runs from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1.

As for mail ballots those are expected to be mailed to voters about 20 days prior to the election.


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