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Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat. Previously, he was a reporting fellow and intern. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Born and raised on Oahu, he graduated from Pearl City High School in 2014 before migrating to the desert to study journalism. In his college years, Blaze served as the managing editor for UNLV’s paper, the Free Press, and also played rugby, which is like football without pads or rules.
UPDATED: Voter turnout, at 47.8%, is higher than it’s been in 26 years as Hawaii’s first all-mail election takes place.
Officials say they have a precise process in place and are following the lead of other states to ensure ballot security.
UPDATED. The announcement comes after calls from the state teachers union to move to online classrooms for the first quarter.
In Hawaii and other states, homeless people and the service providers who help them face hurdles when it comes to voting.
Advocates for greater transparency say the process leaves the public in the dark.
Updated: The total number of ballots cast as of Tuesday surpassed those from the 2016 primary by about 7,000.
Voters with disabilities have better access to ballots than in most other states, including the ability to vote electronically. But more voter education and outreach is needed.