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Drive-Thru Voter Registration Offered Today, Thursday

July 9, 2014, 2:19 PM HST
* Updated July 9, 5:24 PM
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With the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary election just a day away, state elections officials are providing a twist on the growing theme of drive-thru services – registering without even leaving your car.

The drive-thru registration is being offered today and Thursday – the last day to register for the Aug. 9 primary – at three locations on the Big Island.

They include the parking lot of the old Hilo Motors on Kilauea Avenue, where the county Elections Division has set up a tarp and traffic cones in the corner closest to Café 100.

The others are the Kmart in Kailua-Kona and at the Pahoa Marketplace.

The hours of drive-thru operation are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

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“Just stay in your car and election officials will be able to assist in registering you to vote,” Chief Election Officer Scott Nago said in a press release.

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To register one must be a US citizen, a resident of Hawaii and at least 18 years old.

Election worker Sue Irvine, center, accepts a voter registration form today at the Hilo drive-thru location. Photo by Dave Smith.

Election worker Sue Irvine, center, accepts a voter registration form from a motorist today at the Hilo drive-thru location. Photo by Dave Smith.

Voters can also register using the Wikiwiki Voter Registration Form which is available at county elections offices, most state agencies, US post offices, public libraries and in the yellow pages of the telephone book.

The form as well as general information is available online at the Office of Elections website.

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Completed forms must be turned in at election offices or stations by 4:30 p.m. Thursday. If mailed, they must be postmarked by that day, which is July 10.

Officials say registered voters who have changed their name or moved since the last election should re-register.

First-time voters registering by mail are required to provide proof of identification. Acceptable forms include a copy of a current and valid photo ID or current utility bill, bank statement, government check or other government document that shows the person’s name and address.

A new law will allow late registration at absentee polling places in 2016 and election-day registration at voting precincts in 2018.

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