Lava prompts election officials to mail absentee voting applications

  • A river of pahoehoe lava flows May 19 inside Leilani Estates. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

The State Office of Elections and the Hawaii County Elections Division on Monday announced they will be mailing absentee voting applications to more than 6,000 voters assigned to Pahoa Community Center (precinct 04-03) and Pahoa High/Intermediate (precinct 04-04) due to the uncertain nature of the volcanic eruption in lower Puna.

Voters can use the absentee application to request a mail ballot for the 2018 elections, or to update their address if they have relocated.


Completed applications should be submitted to the Clerk’s Office at 25 Aupuni Street, Room 1502, Hilo, HI 96720.

Election officials said they will continue to monitor the situation to ensure affected voters are able to cast their ballot for the upcoming elections. Hawaii Revised Statutes allows polling places to be consolidated or designated absentee mail precincts during states of emergency.

Additionally, the Hawaii County Elections Division will be providing outreach by visiting evacuation shelters in Pahoa to provide voter information to affected residents.


For additional information about absentee voting, contact the elections division at (808) 961-8277.

The Primary Election is on Saturday, Aug. 11, and the General Election is on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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