Voter registration deadline for primary is Thursday

Drive-thru voter event set at Kahului Shopping Center

The Maui News

A drive-thru voter event will be held Thursday — the main deadline for registration for the Aug. 11 primary election — from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kahului Shopping Center.

The event is being staged by the Maui County Office of the County Clerk and is part of a statewide effort of county clerks’ offices.

Elections officials will be on hand to assist voters in filling out registration forms while in their vehicles. If registering for the first time, the individual needs to offer identification — a Hawaii driver’s license, state ID, last four digits of the Social Security number or current and valid photo identification.

A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the individual’s name and address also is acceptable.

In addition to first-time voters, those who have moved or changed their names will need to update their voter registration.

Voters also may drop off completed forms at Thursday’s event.

The requirements for voting include being a U.S. citizen, Hawaii resident and at least 18 years of age. Hawaii law allows for voter preregistration at 16 years old, but the individual must be 18 to vote.

Voter registration forms are available at post offices; public libraries; Maui County Office of the County Clerk, seventh floor of the county building; and most state agencies.

Forms also are available at the state Office of Elections website at elections.hawaii.gov.

Voters may register online, by mail or at the County Clerk’s Office.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Thursday to vote in the primary election. Mailed applications will be accepted if postmarked by Thursday.

In addition, voters registered by Thursday are eligible to request a mail ballot.

For those who miss the deadline this year, there is an opportunity to register and vote at an Early Walk in Voting site from July 30 to Aug. 9 and to register and vote at the voter’s assigned polling place on Election Day. The Office of Elections cautions that Election Day registration may take time because information has to be confirmed.

The primary election is set for Aug. 11. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on the elections, visit elections.hawaii.gov website or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683).

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