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Results in Hawaii’s first-ever vote by mail election were severely delayed last night by long lines of residents casting votes -- in person.

 

Although 2020 was billed as Hawaii’s first all-mail-in election, voters always have to read the fine print.

 

While the goal was for all registered voters to cast their ballots by mail or drop box, traditional, in-person voting was still available on every island.

 

Hawaii Office of Elections

Updated: 11/3/2020, 8 a.m. If you didn't send back your ballot in the mail by Oct. 27, state election officials advise that you hand-carry yours to a deposit box or a voter service center. Doing so will help ensure your vote will be counted in time. If you want to register and vote in person, the voter service centers can also help you. Over 480,000 ballots have been sent in thus far, a strong number that signals a high turnout.

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Updated: 10/19/2020, 12:09 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Health today reported no deaths and 39 new COVID-19 cases, among the best daily counts the state has recorded in recent weeks.

Oahu had 31 new cases followed by 7 on Hawaii Island, 1 on Kauai and none in Maui County. The latest count brings the total number of COVID cases during the pandemic to 14,068. The death toll stood at 187. 

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The chairs of the Hawaii legislative judiciary committees called for action to prevent the state's highly successful mail-in balloting from being disrupted by President Trump's moves against the U.S Postal Service.

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The Democratic-run House on Sunday demanded that leaders of the U.S. Postal Service testify at an emergency oversight hearing Aug. 24 on mail delays as concerns grow that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency during the coronavirus pandemic while states expand mail-in voting options for the November presidential election.

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Updated 8/6/20, 5:30 p.m.

Voter turnout for the 2020 primary is on its way to surpassing participation in both the 2016 and 2018 elections across the state.

State of Hawaii, Office of Elections

If you haven’t mailed in your primary election ballot yet, the clock’s ticking to get it delivered on time.

State election officials advise that you mail your ballot five days ahead of Saturday’s election. That's today.

Mail ballots need to reach the county clerks by Saturday at 7 p.m. to be counted. Postmarks don’t count.

Voters can also submit their completed ballots in special drop boxes called places of deposit in each county.

Election officials remind voters to sign the back of their ballot envelopes before they submit or mail in their ballots. 

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Joe Biden has overwhelmingly won a Democratic presidential primary in Kansas that the state party conducted exclusively by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Democratic Party of Hawaii members can use mail-in ballots to select their choice for presidential nominee this year to avoid the long lines of past party caucuses.