Aloha Maui Voters,
In my meetings around the county working for positive change, I have met a surprising number of concerned citizens who are not yet registered to vote. Please take a moment to review my Voter Starter Kit, and share it with family and friends who may need or know someone who needs assistance. I truly believe your support is the key to bringing more responsible leadership to Maui Nui.
Mahalo nui loa, Kelly Takaya KIng
1. Am I registered?
Yes, voting is a constitutional right. However, you must be registered in order to cast your ballot in any election. It is not uncommon for volunteers from various organizations to be on college campuses helping students register to vote. But if a voter registration form doesn’t present itself to you, then you can register for early voting online using this link: Mail Voter Registration. While it is possible in some states to register the same day you vote, Registration Deadlines can range from a month to two weeks before the election, depending on what state you live in. You can also check out the Voter Registration Factsheet
2. Where do I vote?
Schools, homes or community centers can all be used as designated places for voting. Signs will make these places visible the day of the election, but you need to find the correct polling place for you. You can start with a Website Like Vote 411 to see if your are registered. You simply enter your address and the site will provide you with the address of the nearest polling place. Also make note of the times the polling sites open and close. Take a look at the Polling Places In The State Of Hawaii.
3. What kind of ID do I need to bring?
Many states that play a critical role in presidential elections have enacted stricter laws that require voters to present a photo ID before they can vote.
Check out your state’s Voter Identification Requirements and make sure you have the necessary identification come November — especially if the state in which you attend school and your home state are not the same place. Do you need special assistance at the polling place? Use this Voter Assistance Factsheet.
4. Who is on the ballot?
Of course, the national focus of the 2016 election is on who will be the commander-in-chief for the next four years, but certain ballots will also include various measures to be voted on as well as members of Congress up for re-election. Know what is going on locally and statewide so you can cast an informed ballot. Be knowledgeable and give yourself plenty of time to Review the Primary Election winners. A good voter is an informed voter.
5. When is Election Day?
Be prepared to vote on Election Day: November 8,2016 - GENERAL ELECTION voting times are from 7:00am - 6:00pm. Voting for the first time can be both intimidating and liberating. Knowledge is power! While voting is a very serious responsibility, inviting a friend or two to come cast their vote also can make the experience memorable and fun.