Absentee Voting Sets Record
UPDATED (09/19 — 7:45 p.m.) — As Civil Beat suspected, the "final" report Sunday morning did not include all absentee ballots. Printout No. 5 was posted to the elections website at some point Sunday. It's timestamped at around 10:30 a.m. but was not released until hours after that as Civil Beat was in and out of that data throughout the afternoon. The final (for now) numbers show that 129,824 absentee ballots were cast this year. Overall turnout has now barely eclipsed the gubernatorial primary low water mark set in 2006. The links below will take you to the most recent version of the data.
UPDATED (09/19 — 11:30 a.m.) — Final election results [pdf] posted Sunday morning show 117,258 absentee ballots were cast this year. Overall turnout was the lowest for a primary in a gubernatorial election year in the last two decades.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED FRIDAY SEPT. 17
The absentee turnout for Saturday's election has already eclipsed Hawaii primary records — and they're not done counting.
With potentially thousands more ballots still to be received, elections officials from around the state revealed Friday that more than 115,000 absentee ballots had been cast as of the end of Thursday.
The deadline for the elections officials to receive mail-in ballots isn't until 6 p.m. Saturday, but the number of absentee voters is already 22 percent higher than it was for the 2008 primary. The highest absentee turnout for a primary to date was 102,349 in 2006. The final figure will still pale against the 2008 general election, which saw 175,526 absentee ballots.