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Starting Friday, Oahu residents will be able to vote online for their neighborhood board representatives using a secret passcode sent to them in the mail. Oahu has 36 neighborhood boards, and over 500 candidates are running in this year’s election for seats on them.
The elections will run from April 26 to May 17.
What’s a neighborhood board? Civil Beat put together a video last year explaining that.
Former Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi created the board system in 1973 in an effort to increase community engagement. Vehicle safety checks and moped registration have been among the measures proposed by the boards, according to a press release.
The boards can also be springboards for political careers. Rep. Dale Kobayashi of Manoa chaired his neighborhood board, as did Sen. Kurt Fevella and his opponent in last year’s general election, former state Rep. Matt LoPresti.
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Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell