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County reports about 900 ballots with deficiencies

Voters have until Wednesday to contact county and fix issues

The Maui News

About 900 general election ballots have issues that voters will need to fix by the close of business on Wednesday, Maui County Clerk Kathy Kaohu said Sunday.

Kaohu said the county has been mailing out notices to voters whose ballots had deficiencies and asking them to contact the county to fix the issue.

Examples of ballot deficiencies could include an envelope returned with an unsigned affirmation, an affirmation signature that does not match a reference signature image or another issue that would prevent the ballot from being counted.

“If they receive a notice from us informing them of the deficiency, they should call our office because the window’s starting to close,” Kaohu said Sunday.

Voters should contact the Office of the County Clerk at (808) 270-7749 by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, which is five business days after the date of the general election (Friday was a holiday.)

Since Hawaii switched over to a mail-in ballot system in 2020, voters have received ballots at their home that need to be filled out, placed in a sealed envelope, signed by the voter and returned via mail, a deposit box or voter service center.

Voters can sign up for a ballot tracking service at hawaii.ballot

trax.net to keep an eye on the progress of their ballot and make sure it was received.

Kaohu said that if voters sign up for the service and do not see confirmation that it was received or processed, they should call the County Clerk’s Office just in case.

“It’s a good cross check,” she said.

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