Elections 2012
Graphic: Emily Metcalf
Elections 2012
Graphic: Emily Metcalf

The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk will be mailing every properly registered voter a signature card on August 8, 2012. Signatures on the cards will be captured electronically and used to verify (authenticate) the signatures on absentee ballots and other official voting and election documents.

Signature cards are personalized and meant specifically for the voter named on the card so only the named voter is authorized to sign it – no exceptions.

“We are asking all registered voters to personally sign their card within the signature rectangle and return it to our office as soon as possible,” said County Clerk Ricky Watanabe. Completed signature cards can be hand-delivered to the Elections Division at 4386 Rice Street in Līhu‘e or returned by postage-free mail.

“More voters are opting to vote by mail and though it is convenient and accessible for voters, it is a labor intensive process for our office because each absentee ballot application and ballot envelope must contain the voter’s signature which our office must authenticate before the application is processed or the ballot is counted,” said Watanabe.

“Verifying voter signatures is the most time consuming phase of the mail voting process so we are developing a digitized file of voter signatures to expedite the increased workload” Watanabe added.

For additional information, please call the Elections Division at 241-4800.

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