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Webmaster Comments 20.10.19

October 19, 2020

This Webmaster Comments post describes some great websites.

2020 Elections. Hawaii is in the middle of it’s first all mail-in ballot election. It you voted and want to know if your ballot was received and qualifies to be counted, the Elections Office has a website that reports the status of your mail-in ballot.

Go to https://ballotstatus.hawaii.gov/ enter some information, and in seconds, you will know if your ballot will be counted in the 2020 election. Mahalo to Jeff Hickman for sharing this information.

Google Arts & Culture website is a non-profit initiative. They work with cultural institutions and artists around the world. Together, their mission is to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere.

They collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution for this page entitled World War II: The Flying Frontier.

Car Recalls Look-up by VIN. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 25% of recalled vehicles are never brought to the dealer to be fixed. If you purchased your care from a dealership, you will usually receive a recall notification in the mail (if your contact address is still current). 

Owners may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA’s search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.

Say informed by periodically checking for recalls yourself at NHTSA’s website

Thanks to David Lopina for sharing this information. 

Retirement Pay Increase. Military retirees, those who receive disability or other benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, federal retirees and Social Security recipients will see a 1.3% increase in their monthly checks for 2021.

Retired military members will see a $13 increase for each $1,000 in military retirement pension they receive each month.

Retirees who entered military service on or after Aug. 1, 1986, and opted for the Career Status Bonus (CSB/Redux retirement plan) have any COLA increases reduced by 1%, so they will see a smaller increase in 2021. They should see a monthly increase of only $3 per $1,000.

Survivors receiving Survivor Benefit Plan payments will see the same increase of $13 per $1,000 in their monthly payments.

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