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Over 6,000 Absentee Applications to Be Mailed to Voters Affected by Lava

May 23, 2018, 8:48 AM HST (Updated May 23, 2018, 8:48 AM)
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The State Office of Elections and the Hawai‘i County Elections Division will mail Absentee Applications to over 6,000 voters assigned to Pāhoa Community Center (04-03) and Pāhoa High/Intermediate (04-04) due to the uncertain nature of the volcanic eruption in lower Puna.

Voters can use the Absentee Application to request a mail ballot for the 2018 Elections or to update their address if they have relocated. Completed applications should be submitted to the Clerk’s Office at 25 Aupuni Street, Room 1502, Hilo, HI 96720.

Election officials will continue to monitor the situation to ensure affected voters are able to cast their ballot for the upcoming elections. Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §11-92.3 allows polling places to be consolidated or designated absentee mail precincts during states of emergency.

Additionally, the Hawai‘i County Elections Division will be providing outreach by visiting evacuation shelters in Pāhoa to provide voter information to affected residents.

For additional information about absentee voting, contact the Hawai‘i County Elections Division at (808) 961-8277.

The Primary Election is on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, and the General Election is on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

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