Nearly one-fourth of Hawaii’s registered voters have already cast their ballots for today’s general election, thanks to early-voting methods such as mail-in ballots or early walk-in at satellite city halls or civic hubs. To the remaining three-fourths: Make the time to head to your polling precinct, to do your part to counter Hawaii’s notoriously low election turnout. Polls open today from 7 a.m to 6 p.m.
More than 180,000 have already voted, out of 756,751 registered voters for the general election, said the state Office of Elections.
And an important reminder: For the first time ever, election-day registration is open for residents who are eligible to vote but haven’t registered. To do so: Go to the polling precinct as determined by your home address — see olvr.hawaii.gov/altpollingplacesearch.aspx or call (808) 453-VOTE — with a form of acceptable ID (such as a Hawaii driver license, military ID or passport) plus a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other official document showing your name and address.
Another timely reminder: The proposed constitutional amendment about a school surcharge on investment property is moot, even though it appears on the ballot. The question was invalidated by the Hawaii Supreme Court last month, but due to preprinting, was unable to be physically deleted.
This is not to be confused with a separate question on whether to convene a convention to amend the state Constitution, which is still alive. Let’s hope objective signage or information at polling precincts will clarify this for voters , since it’s bound to cause confusion.
Here’s a recap of the Star-Advertiser editorial board’s endorsement for Oahu’s contested races. Ultimately, of course, the choice is yours. Take the time to have a say in your, and Hawaii’s, future.
Governor and lieutenant governor: David Ige and Josh Green
U.S. Senate: Mazie Hirono
U.S. House: Ed Case (1st District); Tulsi Gabbard (2nd District)
>> District 12 (Kakaako-Waikiki): Sharon Moriwaki
>> District 17 (Waipahu-Pearl City-Pacific Palisades): Clarence Nishihara
>> District 18 (Mililani-Waikele- Kunia): Michelle Kidani
>> District 19 (Ewa Beach- Iroquois Point): Matt LoPresti
>> District 21 (Kalaeloa- Waianae-Makaha): Maile Shimabukuro
>> District 17 (Kalama Valley- Hawaii Kai): Gene Ward
>> District 18 (Hahaione Valley- Aina Haina-Kahala): Mark Hashem
>> District 20 (Palolo-Kaimuki): Calvin Say
>> District 22 (Waikiki-Ala Moana): Tom Brower
>> District 27 (Nuuanu-Alewa Heights): Takashi Ohno
>> District 30 (Sand Island-Kalihi- Airport): No endorsement
>> District 36 (Mililani-Mililani Mauka-Waipio Acres): Marilyn Lee
>> District 37 (Mililani-Waipio-Waikele): Ryan Yamane
>> District 40 (Ewa Beach- Iroquois Point): Bob McDermott
>> District 41 (Ewa Villages-Ewa Beach): Chris Fidelibus
>> District 46 (Wahiawa- Whitmore Village): Amy Perruso
>> District 47 (Waialua-Kahuku- Waiahole): Sean Quinlan
>> District 50 (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay): Cynthia Thielen
>> District 51 (Kailua-Lanikai- Waimanalo): Chris Lee
>> District 4 (Hawaii Kai-Ala Moana Park): Trevor Ozawa
>> District 8 (Lower Aiea-Waipahu): Brandon Elefante
Office of Hawaiian Affairs — the strong theme here is new blood for OHA, so no incumbents:
>> Maui resident trustee (1 seat): Ke‘eaumoku Kapu
>> Oahu resident trustee (1 seat): Esther Kia‘aina
>> At-large trustee (3 seats; we endorse two candidates): William Aila and Brendon Kalei‘aina Lee
>> On the state constitutional convention question, “Shall there be a convention to propose a revision of or amendments to the Constitution?”: No
>> On the proposed City Charter amendment, relating to the number of board members for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation: Yes