Ed. Note: When we published this earlier today, we missed a key word in the the press release from the Hawaii Election Commission. People can still vote absentee in the general election, but they needed to have requested an absentee ballot by 4:30 this afternoon. The Chronicle regrets the error–AM
Today is the last day to request an absentee ballot. But if voters in Puna choose to do it the old fashioned way on November 4, they may may find their precincts were altered by the Pele Partition.
The Hawaii Elections Office has announced that residents who normally Pahoa Community Center (04-03) who live north of the lava flow will vote at Hawaiian Paradise Community Center (04-01) on general election day.
“The flow is expected to cross Highway 130, cutting off access to voters living in Ainaloa and Orchidlands Estates,” said Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago. “We’ll be providing poll workers at Hawaiian Paradise Community Center with the poll books and ballots to allow voters in these communities the opportunity to vote on November 4.”
An estimated 2,000 voters are affected by this move.
Voters that still have access to the Pahoa Community Center may still vote there.
In preparation for the lava flow, county election officials mailed absentee mail applications to voters in the area and set-up an early vote location at Nanawale Community Center which is open through October 31, 2014. Acording to a Department of Education press release, polling places at Keonepoko and Pahoa High School will remain open for the General Election even though classes on November 4th will be canceled there due to the lava crisis.
Absentee applications must be received by the County Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. today. Applications are available at post offices, libraries, satellite city hall, county clerk offices