HONOLULU (KHON2) — Voters have the chance to choose Hawaii’s next leaders. With five days until the Primary Election, expect to see a finish push from the candidates.
“You’re going to see a lot of ads, a lot of social media, a lot of sign waving as those politicians try to get those last few votes that are out there,” said John Hart, KHON2 political analyst.
Political analysts said some voters may still be weighing their options.
So far, more than 166,000 mail-in ballots have been collected statewide as of Saturday. On Oahu, officials received 275,000 ballots in the 2020 Primary Election.
“At this point in time with about five days to go, we’re about 130,000 returned ballots on Oahu through today. So it is lagging a bit behind,” said Glen Takahashi, City Clerk.
“We’re going to see a lot more ballots coming in and a final push at the end,” said Scott Nago, State Chief Election Officer. “That’s what we saw in 2020.”
Elections officials are advising voters to mail in ballots by Tuesday. After that, the best bet is to drop off ballots at various voter service centers like Kapolei Hale or Honolulu Hale. There are 15 total places of deposit on Oahu including the pop-up voter service center in Wahiawa that opened Monday and will close on Friday.
Individuals that don’t mail their ballots on time, may place their ballot in a ballot drop at their designated county locations before 7 p.m. on primary day.
“If you’re not registered the only way to vote is to go to a voter service center and you can register in person as well as vote in person at the same time,” Nago said.
The primary election is on Saturday, Aug. 13.
On Oahu, the Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale locations will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Saturday, August 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On Oahu, there is a pop-up Voter Service Center open from Monday, Aug. 8 to Friday, Aug. 12 at the George Fred Wright Wahiawa District Park.
“It’s important that ballots be received by 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 not postmarked,” said Nago.
“Now is the time to take action and get your votes in,” Takahashi said.
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For a list of locations visit the elections website.