There’s an election in Hawaii just over 10 days from now and people have already started voting.
On voter-dense Oahu alone, nearly 30,000 ballots have already been returned to the Honolulu City Clerk’s office as of late last week.
That office has received about 153,000 absentee ballot requests this election season, eclipsing the number sent out in the 2016 general election, when the U.S. presidential contest was the premier attraction.
That number is expected to rise before Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. deadline to send in a request for a mail ballot.
Early voting for the 2016 general election was brisk at Honolulu Hale. Absentee ballots for the 2018 primary are reported to be significantly higher.
The general election is Nov. 6, so it will be rinse, wash and repeat.
And come 2020, Kauai will experiment with all mail-in voting, which has proved popular and convenient in some mainland locales. If it’s a hit, the entire state may adopt the process by 2022.
So, get off your damn okole and get with the program. There are contested races for governor, lieutenant governor and Congress, as well as dozens of other state and county elections.
It’s called democracy, people.
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