Tuesday should be the last day Hawaii voters mail in their ballots, according to elections officials.

If anyone hangs on to their ballot beyond Tuesday, they should drop it off at one of 44 drop boxes across the state or vote in person at a voter service center.

The ample mail time helps to ensure ballots arrive by 7 p.m. on Election Day, a deadline set by law and the same time that voter service centers will close.

Elections officials are asking the public to have their ballots mailed by Tuesday. Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii’s mail-voting law also requires that voters sign the back of the mail return envelope. That’s part of the verification process officials use to secure ballots.

One voter service center has moved to a new location due to the spread of the coronavirus on Lanai. The one site in Lanai City, as well as the drop box connected to it, has moved from the police station to the Lanai Council District Office on 8th Street. 

All other sites in the state are the same as they were in the August primary election.

Voters can also track their ballots at the elections office website.

Anyone who hasn’t registered to vote but wants to can do so in-person at a voter service center or online. Hawaii allows registration through Nov. 3, including on Election Day. 

There were more than 830,000 voters registered for the general election.

State officials reported that voter turnout was about 41%, which means about 344,000 ballots had been returned as of Thursday.

The state started counting ballots on Saturday, the start of a 10-day counting window prior to Election Day. However, results won’t be tabulated or released until at least 7 p.m., or once the voter service centers have closed. 

Turnout in the August primary election reached 51%, a rate of voter participation not seen in two decades.

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