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Grass-roots Balloting Goes Online For NBs

Neighborhood boards have been around long enough to now conduct “Internet-only” elections, and that’s what lies ahead — April 24 to May 15 — for all community-minded residents who want a voice at the grass-roots level.

Oahu’s 33 boards meet monthly to identify and address area issues and concerns in dialogue with residents, organizations, lawmakers and government staff. There are 575 candidates willing to represent their neighbors in 2015-2016. Elections are held every two years, in odd-numbered years. Voters will be mailed a passcode April 23 giving them access to the online ballot. Walk-in sites will be open in Hau‘ula, Honolulu and Kapolei for those without their own computer access.

Windward Oahu has five boards. The Waimanalo board is fielding 15 candidates for its 11 subdistricts; Kailua has 44 candidates for four subdistricts; Kaneohe has 20 candidates for 14 subdistricts; Kahaluu has 16 candidates for six subdistricts; and Ko‘olauloa has 20 candidates for five subdistricts.

For more details about the process, visit honolulu.gov/nco.