Walk-In Voting Down, Mail Voting Up From 201008/10/2012
Updated 10:45 a.m. Aug. 10
Before too long, the concept of "Election Day" might be obsolete.
More than 128,000 Hawaii voters have already cast their ballot through Thursday, moving the state close to the primary election absentee voter record set two years ago.
Elections officials for the four counties reported they'd received at least 105,000 ballots in the mail through Thursday and another 23,000 eager citizens have taken advantage of walk-in voting this year. Put together, those early voter numbers easily are already closing in on the 129,980 absentee voters from the 2010 primary even with two days left for mail to arrive. (Thursday was the last day for walk-in voting.)
A trend emerged across the islands after all the votes were counted Thursday afternoon — walk-in numbers were actually down nearly a third from 2010, but the mail-in numbers were up by more than enough to make up the difference.