Hawaii will be voting by mail for all future elections, including our next election August 8, in which the public may decide who will be the next County Mayor, next council members, and next Prosecuting Attorney. The decision was made by the State Legislature well in advance of COVID-19, but it puts the state in a good position since all the kinks have been worked out. Hawaii County Elections Administrator Pat Nakamoto talks with Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken about the details and the safeguards.
Note, also check Island Conversations #79, Voting by Mail with Dr. Todd Belt of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Belt speaks about the experience across the country with voting by mail–did it improve voter turnout? Is there fraud? How can it be addressed?
Air date: May 31, 2020