LAST MINUTE PUSH FOR VOTES
Candidates are getting an early start, hoping to win over voters heading to the polls with a last minute push. We've invited all the major local candidates to stop by Sunrise to talk about how they're spending this election day. We have team coverage of the election this morning, starting with Ramsay Wharton at a polling place and what you need to know, plus Lisa Kubota live on the Big Island tracking the Mayor's Race and changes to prevent another election day fiasco. Howard Dicus will be talking to members of the community today to get their take on the election. Follow along all our election coverage on twitter #HiVote
EARLY VOTING NUMBERS
So far, the Office of Elections has received about 182-thousand early votes statewide. Here's the breakdown. If history is any indication, the last presidential election saw 51 percent voter turnout in Hawaii, the lowest in the nation. Only 25 percent of eligible Hawaii youth voted. By contrast, some states like Massachusetts and Tennessee are predicting record turnout today.
If you head out to the polls to vote today, show your pride. We want to see your election day pictures. Post those to our Hawaii News Now facebook page.
RACES TO WATCH
Polls start closing on the East Coast early in the afternoon Hawaii time and a lot of focus is on House contests in New York, New England, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and the all important battleground state of Ohio. We'll check in with national correspondents on the campaign trail. We'll also keep tabs on early exit polls for the presidential race as they start to trickle in, and what they could mean for the all important electoral college.
We'll start our national election coverage at 2pm on KGMB & KHNL and HawaiiNewsNow.com. Our local news picks up at 5 tonight, and will also broadcast on the radio at AM 1500. Everything you need to know about the general election is at this link.
HIGH SURF ADVISORY
Plus, the high surf advisory has just been extended. Meteorologist Jennifer Robbins will have details, plus our election day forecast.
Hope to see you on Sunrise!