By B.J. Reyes
Time is running out to cast your vote in neighborhood board elections — the deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. Friday night.
For the second-straight election, the city’s Neighborhood Commission has chosen to hold the elections through online and telephone voting.
Officials say the turnout already has exceeded 2009, when 6 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot online. As of Monday, the participation rate was 6.6 percent.
“We are pleased by the increase in the voter turnout rate and are hoping that our public relations efforts in the final week to get out the vote will push participation even higher,” Commission Executive Secretary Tom Heinrich said in a news release.
Election officials estimate the savings from the paper-free voting method at about $85,000.
Access to the Neighborhood Boards election can be found at http://www.honolulu.gov/nco or by calling toll-free (888) 907-6717. Voters will need their pass code distributed by mail at the beginning of this month.