Absentee ballot applications will be sent out to Windward Oahu voters who used to cast early walk-in ballots at Pali Golf Course.
Citing money and manpower issues, the city decided not to operate an early walk-in voting site in Windward Oahu – a site that was used by nearly 5,000 voters.
“They would have been cast adrift on the Windward side, so I’m very grateful the city Office of Elections is stepping forward and sending absentee ballot applications out to those 4,800 people,” said Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R- Kailua-Kaneohe. “The people then will be able to decide do they want to travel to Honolulu to walk-in vote or to Kapolei to walk-in vote?”
Lawmakers are working with city officials to perhaps find a Windward site for the general election.
More than 100,000 mail-in absentee ballots will be mailed out July 18. Early walk-in voting begins July 28 at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale.
The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 9.