Important deadline

While Hawaii’s Legislature passed – and Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed – measures to make voter registration easier in future election cycles, the deadline for the state’s 2014 primary election is this Thursday.

Please exercise your right to vote by making sure you are registered. If you have a computer, you can get the application form at The form is also available at state libraries, post offices and state services offices.

Mail it to: County of Maui, 200 South High St., Room No. 708, Wailuku 96793, or you can deliver it in person to that same office.

The primary this year is very important. There are hotly contested races for a number of partisan positions, including the Democratic nomination for both governor and the U.S. Senate.

Abercrombie is facing a challenge from state Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Ige. That should be a very close race. Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa are also engaged in a race for the Senate that should be a real nail-biter.

Additionally, incumbent Shan Tsutsui of Maui is facing off against state Sen. Clayton Hee for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

It is also important to remember that the nonpartisan county races for County Council and mayor will be winnowed down to the top two vote-getters in the primary making it to the general election in November.

If you wait to register until the general election, your choices will be limited to those who made it through the primary. Participate in the entire process – register to vote today.

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