The yellow voter cards for anyone in Hawaii County who registered or re-registered after the Primary will be late.
All the other County Clerks reviewed and sent their documentation to the centralized mail center on Oahu, as required, on September 14 for the first batch of new yellow cards, which contain information for voters telling them which voting districts they’re in, where their polling place is, and whether they requested an Absentee Ballot. The center prints and mails the yellow cards, based on the voter registration information sent in by the counties.
But State Elections Chief Scott Nago confirmed that Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi declined to send in the Hawaii County registration information, and kept the 4500 new or changed registrations. When Nago’s team inquired, she said she wanted to personally double check them all before sending them. This first mailing is for any new or changed registrations since the last round of address changes up until August 11, Primary Day, and any new voter registrations submitted after July 12, 2011, the last day to register before the Primary.
The first round of yellow cards for all other counties will be sent out this week. Nago said with the registration deadline not until October 8, there will be at least one more round of yellow cards to be mailed out. Kawauchi has not indicated when she plans to turn in the first batch, or whether she intends to hold them all until time to mail the final batch.