Hawai’i Polls Open

Preparing Waileia for Election Day 2004 started early this morning, but I’d like to officially welcome you now to the coverage. Throughout the day, I’ll try to post perspectives about Hawai’i’s election system and battleground debates about once every 90 minutes. If there’s anything you’d like me to cover, please leave a comment and I’ll address it in real-time.

Hawai’i polls are about to open. Elections in the Aloha State take place in district parks, public schools and libraries, and even in private venues in some cases. Most facilities are immediately adjacent to a TheBus stop and are ADA-friendly. To accommodate the public polling places, which are usually full of students, Election Day is a state holiday in Hawai’i.

Voters will be able to cast their ballot until at least 6:00 PM, which is the official closing time. Voters in line at that time will be allowed to vote, which means that official returns will be delayed. The first “printout”, which usually consists of all mail-in and walk-in absentee ballots, will be released to the media as soon as the last polling place confirms it is closed. 2-3 more will follow later in the evening.

Election 2004 Series

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