Abercrombie Will Ask Legislature To Consider All-Mail Voting
By Chad Blair 11/26/2012
Frustrated over election day foul-ups, Gov. Neil Abercrombie is putting his administration's support behind converting the state's voting system to an all-mail-in and electronic voting system by 2014.
The governor disclosed his plans to Civil Beat contributor Richard Halloran, who shared the news in a Community Voices column Monday.
"We must consider new technologies that can help bring our election process into the 21st century," Abercrombie said in a letter to Halloran earlier this month, noting that mail-in and electronic voting "has been effective in other parts of the country."
"Moreover," the governor wrote, "absentee ballots have seen a steady increase and use over the last several elections and there has been no evidence to question the accuracy and security of these ballots."
The Abercrombie administration confirmed the governor's intent Monday, stating in a press release that "100 percent mail-in voting" will be part of its 2013 legislative package.