Montgomery County works to revise mail-in ballot strategy ahead of general election | News


NORRISTOWN — With the general election approaching in three months, Montgomery County’s election officials are working to ensure the mail-in component goes smoothly.

“There were certainly a lot of lessons learned in the primary [election] … and plenty of things that were done for the first time ever,” said Lee Soltysiak, Montgomery County’s chief operating officer.

Soltysiak said the Montgomery County Department of Voter Services conducted “an internal review” to unpack the events of the state’s June 2 primary election. The analysis included feedback from several groups including the parties, poll workers and voters. The critiques would help with devising

ELECTION BLOG: Latest results show Honolulu mayor and prosecutor General Election match-ups


Editor’s Note: This live blog will be updated throughout the night, so bookmark this page and refresh for updates.


UPDATE: 6:50 a.m.

An early-morning update of the Maui County vote totals now shows activist Walter Ritte trailing incumbent and fellow Democrat Rep. Lynn DeCoite by 91 votes for the state House seating representing Molokai. DeCoite has 3,243 and Ritte with 3,152.

DeCoite had held a 29-vote lead after late Saturday night’s second printout of results.

SUNDAY 12:10 a.m.

State elections officials said the third “printout” of vote totals will include about 17,000 to 18,000 votes from throughout Oahu, more

Appraising the near-term setbacks of the 2020 General Crisis



Today’s column continues my appraisal of the likely impacts of the 2020 global general crisis on Guyana’s infant oil and gas sector. I turn to appraise the near-term effects of the global crisis, as I have defined this term in earlier columns. As indicated there, I have chosen the metaphor — “a baptism of fire and brimstone” ― to dramatize the severe challenges this crisis poses to Guyana’s emerging petroleum industry,

To recall briefly, the five drivers of the 2020 crisis are: 1) projections made in Q4, 2019 that  global economic recession in 2020 will drive a collapse of

Congressional matchups: Kai Kahele to face Republican Joe Akana; Ron Curtis to challenge incumbent Ed Case


Democrats Kai Kahele and incumbent Ed Case head to the U.S. congressional races to face Republicans who are relatively unknown in Hawaii politics.

State Sen. Kai Kahele enjoyed a landslide win in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2nd Congressional District with a margin of nearly 84,000 votes over Brian Evans.

“It feels great, it’s been a long journey we started almost 20 months ago in Jan. 2019,” Kahele said. “I’m incredibly proud of all the voters who have shown that all mail-in voting works.”

Kahele, 46, son of state Sen. Gilbert Kahele, has served in the