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Posted: Monday, August 11th, 2014 12:46 PM HST

Absentee voting up more than 12 percent in Hawaii

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Absentee voting through mail and walk-in sites is up more than 12 percent for Hawaii's primary election, with nearly 160,000 people casting ballots early and even more absentees expected with Saturday's results.

An Associated Press analysis of early voting in all four counties shows the increase in early voting easily outpaced a 1.4 percent increase in registration over the 2012 primary election. The increases in individual counties were:

34.5 percent in Maui.

25.8 percent in Kauai.

11 percent in Honolulu.

1.6 percent in Hawaii County.

Voting on the Big Island has been affected by a tropical storm that hit the island early Friday. The storm missed the other islands.

It's unclear whether voters preferred absentee ballots to voting Saturday 49 percent of turnout was early voting in 2012.

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