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  Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

The delays are a worrisome sign for voters who still have not returned their absentee ballots.

PODCAST: Campaign 2020 general election preview from Hawaii News Now Sunrise

  Hundreds of thousands of ballots already received as Election Day nears

Joe Biden endorses Kai Kahele for Congress

Over 221,000 ballots received prior to opening of voter service centers

  As general election nears, party politics takes center stage in nonpartisan mayoral race

  Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

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  Civil Beat-HNN poll: Most Hawaii voters support Biden in presidential race

Kauai County lists 11 ballot drop box locations ahead of general election

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: Former judge leads in race for next Honolulu prosecutor

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: With just weeks to go, mayoral race swings heavily in Blangiardi’s favor

  Election officials run tests of ballot machines ahead of the general

Blangiardi issues ‘roadmap to recovery’ after being criticized for lack of a plan

  Hawaii Republicans, Democrats weigh in on Pence-Harris debate

In their first and only debate before the election, vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris squared off Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

  ‘Red Sweater Guy’ Ken Bone shares thoughts on 2020 presidential race

He became an overnight sensation following his question during the second presidential debate of 2016 as an undecided voter, but Ken Bone is now sharing his thoughts on the 2020 race.

Republicans, Democrats weigh in on impact of COVID-19 on election

Many are wondering how President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis will impact the upcoming election.

  Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus

The Democratic presidential nominee made his second trip to Florida in a little over two weeks on Monday.

  Monday is Hawaii’s voter registration deadline. Here’s how to sign up

  GOP seeks to call off Senate work, but not Barrett hearings

  2 candidates for Honolulu mayor have spent more than $3M on race so far

  Trump’s age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness

Former President Barack Obama endorses Kai Kahele for Congress

Blangiardi picks up endorsement of United Food & Commercial Workers Union

Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

In court papers filed Tuesday, the Trump administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by the president in place.

Unite Here! Local 5 endorses Keith Amemiya in race for Honolulu mayor

The union represents 12,000 hospitality, healthcare and food service workers.

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

  Tensions high in race for Honolulu mayor as Amemiya compares Blangiardi to Trump

Tensions in the hotly-contested race for Honolulu mayor were elevated again during a debate on Thursday night after one candidate compared the other to President Trump.

  Elections offices gear up to mail out ballots for general election

If you don’t get your ballot by Oct. 16, you’re asked to contact your county elections division.

Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

Hawaii residents to get USPS elections mailer critics call ‘misleading’

City elections officials in Honolulu say Hawaii residents are expected to receive a flyer from the United States Postal Service that contains voting information which has been decried as misleading by bipartisan authorities in several states.

  Four more Honolulu City Council members endorse Amemiya for mayor

Four additional members of the Honolulu City Council announced Tuesday that they were endorsing Honolulu businessman Keith Amemiya in the race for mayor.

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

The mailing comes in the aftermath of questions about whether the agency was up to the task and questions from the White House about the validity of mail-in and absentee voting systems in various states.

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix over the film “Cuties.”

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin.

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

  Changes at USPS trigger concerns about potential effects on mail-in voting in Hawaii

The issue spurred Hawaii's congressional delegation to demand the Postmaster General put a stop to service delays.

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this month that would federally decriminalize marijuana.

AFL-CIO announces endorsement for Amemiya in mayoral campaign

One of the state’s largest union organizations announced Monday that they were supporting Keith Amemiya in his bid to become Honolulu’s next mayor.

Mayor promises police reforms following Daniel Prude’s death

The mayor of Rochester says reforms are coming to the police department as community elders seek to bring calmer minds to a fifth night of demonstrations over the the March death of Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.

Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

Veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military.

Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council backs Amemiya for mayor

The Hawaiʻi Building & Construction Trades Council, which represents 15 local unions, announced Thursday they were endorsing the Honolulu businessman in his campaign.

Protesters gather outside Pelosi’s California home after her salon visit

Hairstylists took to the street outside of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home Thursday.

Carpenters union throws its support behind Blangiardi in race for Honolulu mayor

On Wednesday, the Hawaii Carpenters union threw their support behind Rick Blangiardi in the race for Honolulu mayor.

  Pine endorses businessman Keith Amemiya in Honolulu mayor’s race

Former Honolulu mayoral candidate and current City Council member Kymberly Marcos Pine announced Tuesday that she was endorsing businessman Keith Amemiya in the race for Honolulu mayor.

Honolulu mayoral candidates log small campaign funding deficits

Rick Blangiardi and Keith Amemiya are preparing for the general election on Nov. 3.

Candidates for Honolulu mayor land support of major unions ahead of election

Honolulu businessman Keith Amemiya and former television executive Rick Blangiardi each announced endorsements involving major Hawaii labor groups this week as the two prepare to face off in November’s general election.

CBS, NBC nightly newscasts to air early this week due to political coverage

A similar programming schedule was followed last week because of the Democratic National Convention.

US officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence to suggest that foreign countries are working to undermine mail-in voting.

WHAT TO WATCH: Melania, Pompeo and Trump at GOP convention

First lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the featured speakers Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Trump wants Supreme Court’s OK to block critics on Twitter

A federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

LeBron James, other Lakers wear altered MAGA hats in honor of Breonna Taylor

Instead of reading “Make America Great Again,” the hats had “Great Again” crossed out and said, “Make America arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm

Former President Barack Obama, who picked Biden as his running mate a dozen years ago, has top billing for the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

A US WeChat ban could hurt many in America, not just China

For people in the U.S., WeChat has less functionality than it does in China. But it’s what connects immigrants and students from China to their pasts and to each other.

  Hanabusa backs Blangiardi in race for Honolulu’s next mayor

"In these times we are going to face difficult circumstances, and we need someone who can make those hard decisions," said Hanabusa.

  Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot.

  Hawaii officials work to ensure USPS delays don’t impact mail-in voting

President Trump argues voting by mail is subject to widespread fraud.

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday — much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

  Mayoral race analysis shows Blangiardi won 26 of 34 districts in primary election

Blangiardi did well particularly in East Oahu while Amemiya showed strongly in neighborhoods closer to town.

Amemiya picks up mayoral endorsement from U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz

“We need a leader who doesn’t add to the chaos and uncertainty, but rather one who listens, builds consensus, and moves the community forward together,” Sen. Schatz said.

  More than 406,000 ballots were cast in the primary. That’s a record.

But in terms of total percent voter turnout, Hawaii still has room for improvement.

  Voters set up runoff for mayor between political newcomers: Blangiardi and Amemiya

The results in Hawaii's first mail-in election came on a night when the state was also celebrating a significant boost in turnout.

RESULTS: 2020 Primary Election in Hawaii

Get a full recap of all the races across the state.

  Harry Kim fails to win re-election as Big Island mayor

Harry Kim has held the role of Hawaii Island Mayor from 2000 to 2008, then again from 2016 to present. He was seeking a fourth term.

  Tupola, Say win City Council seat outright; Espero and Augie T. advance to general

The non-partisan Dist. I race requires a 50% plus one vote majority to win outright, and Tupola’s lead would appear to be insurmountable.

  Alm, Kau proceed to general election runoff in race for city prosecutor

Oahu voters are electing a new city prosecutor this year to replace Keith Kaneshiro, who is the target in a federal corruption probe.

  At 7 p.m., some ballots were collected and put into a clear bag. Were they counted?

The short answer is no. But they were kept for a particular reason.

  In first all-mail vote, Hawaii secures a record for number of ballots cast

The state Office of Elections said it received 380,000 ballots by Saturday morning.

  Elections officials hope switch to all mail-in election boosts turnout

"With a few more days to go, we're kind of hoping that maybe we'll have a nice, positive turnout for the primary election."

  Top contenders for Honolulu mayor make their case in ‘The Job Interview'

Three panelists from HNN and three from Civil Beat conducted the interviews, a unique opportunity for voters to learn more about the candidates and decide who is best qualified to lead Honolulu Hale.

You only have a few more days to send in your mail-in ballot

You can also check the status of your ballot once you've placed it in the mail.

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: Retired judge maintains lead in race for Honolulu prosecutor

Former judge, prosecutor and U.S. attorney Steve Alm maintains a commanding lead in the race for Honolulu prosecutor.

  Civil Beat-HNN poll: As election nears, a leader in Honolulu mayor’s race emerges

The Honolulu mayor’s race appears to have a clear-cut favorite, according to a new Civil Beat-Hawaii News Now poll.

Nevada to mail all voters ballots; Trump promises lawsuit

Nevada state lawmakers passed a bill Sunday that would add the state to a growing list of U.S. states that will mail active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Only 1 major candidate running to succeed Tulsi Gabbard

Kai Kahele became the front-runner when Gabbard later said she wouldn’t seek reelection so she could focus on her ultimately unsuccessful presidential bid.

  Unable to return home, this Hawaii candidate is managing his campaign from afar

Tommy Driskill has had to overcome obstacles to get his long-distance campaign started, beginning with the filing of his election papers.

  Centrist House speaker faces primary challenge from community organizer

“This is something we don’t see very often in Hawaii politics to get a well-organized challenge from the left and that’s certainly what this is."

Neighbor islands gripe about Oahu’s vote drop box rule

As Hawaii makes its first all-mail election attempt for the upcoming August primary, some officials on neighboring islands have complained that Oahu voters get more time to leave their ballots in drop boxes.

California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

San Jose’s Salon Blu is now cutting hair outdoors amid California’s recently relaxed rules on hair salons, but it is also servicing clients indoors.