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Santos community center to become 2020 polling place

The Maui News

The next elections are more than a year away but the Office of the County Clerk wanted to announce the dates that it will be using the high-demand Velma McWayne Santos Community Center for voter activities.

The clerk’s office will be using the center at 395 Waena Place in Wailuku as a voter service center for the 2020 elections. The community center will be unavailable for reservation by the public from July 23 through Aug. 9, 2020, for the primary election, and Oct. 16 through Nov. 4, 2020, for the general election, the clerk’s office said in a news release last week.

At the voter service center, for the first statewide vote-by-mail elections in 2020, voters will be able to drop off their mail ballots, register or reregister to vote, and vote on electronic voting machines.

“We are very grateful to the community for accommodating us as we use the community center to provide vital services for voters,” said County Clerk Josiah Nishita.

“We understand this facility is in high demand, and we appreciate the public and the Department of Parks and Recreation for allowing us to operate in a location that is convenient, secure and accessible for the 2020 elections,” he said.

The Office of the County Clerk moved early walk-in voting from the clerk’s office in the county building in Wailuku to the community center in 2018 due to an increase in absentee walk-in voting. The move reduced wait times, provided convenient parking and improved accessibility for voters, the news release said.

For more information, contact the Office of the County Clerk at 270-7749.