As I looked over my schedule yesterday, it occurred to me that I would not be able to get to my Big Island polling place to vote in the General Election on November 2. I have never participated in the Absentee Voting process but found that walk-in voting was so easy and only took less than half an hour of my time. That includes the time it took to fill out the purple form, the absentee ballot registration and do the voting itself. All you need is your state ID.
Once you’re registered, you can either vote by paper or electronically. The electronic voting machine takes a little practice because you vote by spinning a dial, then you press the “Enter” pad to input your choices.
Before you go, make sure you are aware of all of the issues when it comes to voting for changes to the County Charter–that’s the part that can be confusing. Review the proposed amendments on the county website. Or, if you need help while at your polling place, you can get copies from the volunteers there to review before you cast your vote.
Walk-in voting ends on Friday, October 29, 2010 for the Pahala, Waimea, and Kohala sites, and on Saturday, October 30, 2010 for the Hilo and Kona sites.