There have been some discrepancies in caucus locations. I’ve published below what seems like the most accurate Precinct Election & Presidential Preference Poll site directory, found at the Democratic Party of Hawai’i web site. You will need to know your representative district first —use this link if you don’t know it— then enter that info into the Democratic Party’s Prez Preference Poll site directory – or if you’re on the Big Island, just check the list below. Any further questions, or if the sites are still crashing: BIG ISLAND RESIDENTS, THE Hawai’i Democratic Office, 808/596-2980, is forwarding you to this number: 326-9779. You can also call County of Hawai’i Election Division: Hilo 961-8277; Kailua-Kona 327-3633. PLEASE NOTE: Caucus location is likely not the same as your regular polling place. ALSO NOTE: KNOW YOUR PRECINCT NUMBER TOO, THAT’S HOW YOU WILL BE DIVIDED ONCE INSIDE THE CAUCUS!
Get there by 6pm! Presidential Preference Poll on February 19th begins at 7:00 p.m. (they may lock you out if you’re late!) and end no earlier than 7:30 p.m – this is a caucus, there are different rules, you don’t just walk in and vote – be prepared, learn the rules by clicking here. Then help everyone stick to the rules, so their are no caucus shennanigans as has occurred in many states!!! (For more extreme measures of keeping the vote honest -from video-taping to following the delivery of the votes- check out blackboxvoting. And a great Washington Post article “A Rotten Way to Pick a President” is also worth a read). Most sites are opening earlier for registration and processing for those registered voters who join the Party that night. All Districts and Precincts will also be conducting elections for their officers and delegates to the upcoming state and county conventions.
There have also been discrepancies about whether or not you need to already be registered to vote to participate – if you want to take care of it now, simply go to ROCK THE VOTE. ***BUT SOME ARE SAYING IF YOU DO IT TOO LATE THEY WON’T HAVE RECORDS OF YOU – AND THAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO IT THERE! SOME RECOMMEND PRINTING OUT THE FORM OFF THE COMPUTER AND BRINGING IT WITH YOU TO THE CAUCUS.*** Though most experts state you do not need to be registered, that you only need to be registered as a Democrat – I have read conflicting information on state sites. Though we’ll see how organized and prepared the Hawai’i is, you are supposed to be able to do both at your caucus location — but this is one reason why it’s especially important to go early. Oy vey, have fun!
**HAWAI’I DISTRICT/PRECINCT & LOCATION**
Precincts 1, 2 -The Barn behind Luke’s Place, 55-514 Hawi Road
Precincts 3, 4, 5 – ILWU Union Hall, Honokaa – Waipio Road
Precincts 6&7 – Laupahoehoe Civic Club House
Precinct 8 – 32-832 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Ninole, HI
Precinct 9, 10 – 28-224 Stable Camp Road in Honomu (Isaac Fiesta’s home).
Precinct 11 – 28-2849 Onomea Place in Pepeekeo (Jane Curtis’ home).
Precincts 12, 13, 14 – Puueo Community Center
Precinct 15 – 59-542 Ala Kahua, 96743 (Tom Plum’s house)
All Precincts – Hilo High School Cafeteria, 556 Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo
All Precincts – ILWU Hall, 100 West Lanikaula in Hilo.
All Precincts – Pahoa Community Center on Kauhale Street in Pahoa
Precinct 1, 2, 3 – Cooper Center
Precinct 4 – Pahala Community Center
Precinct 5 – Naalehu Community Center
Precinct 6 – HOVE Community Center
Precinct 7 – Milolii Halau
Precinct 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – Honaunau Elementary School
All Precincts – Kahakai Elementary School, 76-147 Royal Poinciana Drive, Kailua-Kona
Precincts 1, 2 – Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria
Precinct 3 – Community Room, Waikoloa Village Association
Precinct 4 – Puako Store Lanai
Precincts 5, 6, 7 – Waimea School Cafeteria