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Hawaii Dems scrap in-person voting plan

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Democratic party has scrapped plans for in-person voting during its party-run presidential primary on April 4 in favor of mailed ballots over concerns of the coronavirus, officials said Friday.

The party had always expected most members would vote by mail, and has already put two rounds of ballots in the mail. But the party had also planned to allow people to cast ballots at 21 voting sites on Election Day if they wanted. Voters would have been allowed to join the party that day.

Instead, the party will now send a third round of mailed ballots to everyone who newly registers to vote or joins the party by April 4.

The party won’t have the results until late May because it will need to mail the new round of ballots and wait to receive them after they have been filled out, said Kate Stanely, the interim chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.