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State political party chairs urging early voting as storm looms

August 5, 2014 - 2:40pm

The chairwomen of the Hawaii Republican Party and the Democratic Party of Hawaii today issued a joint call for voters to cast their ballots early to ensure their safety as Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio bear down on the state. Iselle could threaten the eastern coast of Hawaii Island as soon as Thursday and Julio may bring dangerous conditions on Saturday.

“At times like this, when lives and property may be in danger, we aren’t Republicans or Democrats, we’re ohana,” Hawaii Republican Party Chairwoman Pat Saiki said. “By voting early, before Saturday’s primary election, voters can stay safe and still cast their ballot for the candidates of their choice.”

Democratic Party of Hawaii Chairwoman Stephani Ohigashi agreed.

“Voting is a sacred right cherished by all Americans,” Ohigashi said. “We don’t want any voter to be denied that right for any reason. And we don’t want anyone to have to choose between voting and staying safe. I’m urging all voters, Democrats and Republicans, to vote early.”

Early walk-in votes can be cast through Thursday. The Primary Election is Saturday.

Hawaii Island polling places are:

• Aupuni Center Conference Room, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

• Pahala Community Center, 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m.;

• Waimea Community Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

• West Hawaii Civic Center Community Room, Building G, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on early walk-in voting and polling places, visit the state Office of Elections website at You can also call the state Office of Elections at 453-8683, toll-free from the neighbor islands at 442-8683 or by email at