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Voters this year will be casting ballots to fill seats for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, state Senate and House, state Board of Education, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu mayor, City Council, Big Island Council, Maui mayor, Maui Council, Kauai mayor and Kauai Council.

AT A GLANCE

Dates:
May 22 special election to fill U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie's seat
Sept. 18 primary election
Nov. 2 general election Deadlines
Aug. 19 primary election voter registration
Oct. 4 general election voter registration

More information:
Oahu - (808) 453-8683
Neighbor Islands - (800) 442-8683
E-mail - elections@hawaii.gov


Republican Charles Djou, left, and Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and Ed Case answered a variety of questions last night during a debate hosted by KITV4 and the League of Women Voters.

Congressional candidates tone it down in latest debate (May 08, 2010)
There were no fireworks at last night's televised debate in the special election for Congress, as the three top candidates chose to focus on the issues instead of sniping at each other. Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, both Democrats, and Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, took part in the hourlong debate sponsored by KITV4 and the League of Women Voters.

Hawai'i State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa is seen by many as the establishment candidate for Congress.

Congress candidate Hanabusa a power player in Hawaii politics (May 07, 2010)
Colleen Hanabusa has power. The labor attorney from Wai'anae, who began her political career more than a decade ago as a dissident in the state Senate, became the first woman ever to lead a chamber of the state Legislature as Senate president.
Who sabotaged Democrat machine? (May 07, 2010)
This election has plenty of blame to go around.
18% of voters have already cast ballots (May 06, 2010)
Just a few days into the three-week voting period, nearly one in five voters in the 1st Congressional District have mailed back their special-election ballots to the state Office of Elections.

State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa told friends and supporters yesterday that she would not drop out of the special election for Congress.

Hanabusa defies polls, will stay in race (May 06, 2010)
State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, trailing in the polls and hearing of intense pressure from national Democrats who want her to step aside, vowed yesterday to stay in the special election for Congress until the end.

Colleen Hanabusa

Give Hanabusa credit for hanging tough (May 06, 2010)
The ongoing special election for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District is a spirited race among three accomplished candidates offering voters distinct choices that mirror the national political divide.

Ed Case and his election competitors debated this week at the Blaisdell Center.

Hawaii's political dynamic needs to change, says candidate Case (May 06, 2010)
Ed Case said he believes that most voters think the same way he does about government and politics in Hawaii and Washington, D.C.: too partisan, too dysfunctional, too out of touch with everyday concerns.

In the 2010 session of the state Legislature, there was a stark contrast between Republicans and Democrats on nearly every issue.

State Republicans claim 'yes' title (May 05, 2010)
The eight Republicans in the Legislature said yes to the public, yes to accountability, yes to fiscal responsibility, yes to the quality of education, yes to clean energy, yes to job creation, and yes to helping our residents and businesses cope with rising costs of living.

Charles Djou shows off his mail-in voting ballot at a rally Saturday outside Hawai'i Republican Party headquarters.

Hawaii Republicans are pinning big hopes on a Djou victory (May 05, 2010) Photo gallery
Republicans here and on the Mainland are banking on Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou becoming their first Hawai'i representative to Congress since Pat Saiki nearly two decades ago.
No quit in these candidates so far (May 05, 2010)
Commentary: Well, it's become obvious that the worst fears of local Democrats are coming true. In the special congressional election for the right to succeed Neil Abercrombie at least temporarily in the 1st District (urban Honolulu), the tide is running in favor of Republican Charles Djou.
Old guard Democrats make play for power (May 05, 2010)
With pivotal races for U.S. Congress, governor and Honolulu mayor on tap, Inouye and the Democratic regulars are making perhaps their most aggressive grab ever for all the reins of political power.
Stop worrying and learn to love stimulus (May 04, 2010)
In Hawaii, the $1.2 billion economic footprint left by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act the stimulus is huge.

From left, congressional candidates Ed Case, Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa engaged in a televised debate last night. The debate featured questions from a panel of three, as well as from viewers via e-mail.

Congressional candidates trade barbs in debate (May 04, 2010) Photo gallery
Two congressional candidates excluded from televised debates this week have filed federal court actions protesting the exclusions.
Bid to halt debates refused (May 04, 2010)
Two congressional candidates excluded from televised congressional debates this week have filed federal court actions protesting the exclusions.
Obama urges Hawaii to vote for a Democrat (May 04, 2010) Video
President Obama will appeal to Honolulu voters to choose a Democrat in the special election for Congress, as national Democrats grow increasingly alarmed that Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, could snatch the president's hometown district.

Hannemann, Abercrombie split Hawaii voters, yet both lead Aiona (May 04, 2010)
Hawai'i voters are divided between former congressman Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary for governor in September, but prefer either Democrat to Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, a Republican, in the November general election, a new Hawai'i Poll has found.

Source: The survey of 349 likely voters in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District was conducted April 23 to 28 by Ward Research Inc. of Honolulu. Its margin of error is 5.2 percentage points.

Hawaii Poll: Djou leads Democratic rivals in congressional race (May 02, 2010)
Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou has the advantage in the special election for Congress, a new Hawai'i Poll has found, giving Republicans the best opportunity in two decades to claim the urban Honolulu district.
9 legislators seeking other positions; Hemmings retires (Apr 30, 2010)
At least nine Hawai'i legislators may leave office following this year's legislative session. Most of them are seeking promotions to higher office.

Audience members watched the voting of the civil-unions bill unfold yesterday in the House of Representatives .

Foes caught off guard, outline plan to retaliate (Apr 30, 2010)
Opponents of same-sex marriage expressed outrage and disappointment yesterday after the last-minute revival of a civil unions bill, and said they plan to come out in force to urge Gov. Linda Lingle to veto the measure.
Ballots with only English challenged (Apr 28, 2010)
Two voters whose native language is not English yesterday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of next month's special congressional election.

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