Register to vote

We received the little yellow card in the mail the other day reminding us that we are registered to vote and where we should cast those ballots.

According to the postcard, we are good to go for the Aug. 9 primary election and the Nov. 4 general election.

If you are not yet registered, you must sign up at least 30 days before the election. For the primary, that means July 10; for the general election, you must be registered by Oct. 6.

Candidate filings closed Tuesday, and it looks like this should be an exciting year for elections in Maui County and Hawaii, in general. We will be voting for a representative to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate. The mayoral and gubernatorial contests will top the local and state elections – spirited contests appear likely for County Council and state legislative seats.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz should make the Democratic primary very interesting. The gubernatorial race in the general election will be different this year because nominees from three major parties – Democrat, Republican and Independent – will be vying for the four-year term.

In any event, it is certainly the year to make sure you are registered to vote. Registering is very easy. If you are computer literate, you can get the application form at

If you are more comfortable using your feet instead of a keyboard, you can obtain the form at Hawaii state libraries, post offices or state services offices. Heck, there is even an application in the phone book if you don’t want to leave the house.

Once you fill out the form, simply mail it in to:

County of Maui

200 S. High St., Room No. 708

Wailuku 96793

Or you can walk it into that same office. For information about voter registration, call the County Clerk’s Elections Branch at (808) 270-7749.

Register now. Don’t let a lapse in memory make you miss the opportunity to fulfill a citizen’s most important obligation – voting.

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