HONOLULU (KHON2) — Voters are still waiting in lines at voter service centers, even though the polls closed at 7 p.m.
KHON2 spoke to voters at Honolulu Hale in the afternoon and there were a mix of positive and negative experiences.
“I came down here and voted in-person and it felt really great,” said Kailua resident, Cynthia Bartlett. “It felt great to come in-person and know that it’s real and you get this big sign on the computer that says, ‘Thank you for voting.'”
“It’s too late to mail it in, so you have to come down here. It would be nice if we had more polling places, more places to drop off the ballots,” said Manoa resident, Andrew Ghali. “Because this is obviously not well planned. This is backed up all the way past Beretania.”
One unidentified voter said it took around an hour and ten minutes, including waiting in line and voting. The voter said the lines snaked throughout the interior of Honolulu Hale but were otherwise well organized.
“The line was super long, the fun part is like every 50 or 100 people, I saw someone I knew and it was really, everyone was in great spirits,” said Bartlett.
Over on Maui, at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center, lines were long most of the day and only got longer as the cutoff neared.
Voters have until 7 p.m. to get into line and can track their ballots on the Elections office’s website.
Maui officials made changes in response to feedback from the primary elections, including barriers to form lines and better signage.