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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Gill: "Lazy Democrats Might Support Other Parties" After we Close Primary
By Robert Thomas @ 3:32 PM :: 6626 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

Using the power of the state to equalize political outcomes, in a district where most citizens think one way, is a dangerous idea....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Close Dem Primary? State Claims Hawaii Already has 'Vibrant Multi-Party System'
By Robert Thomas @ 2:01 AM :: 6025 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections
These are among the gems to be gleaned from the State's counter-motion to the Democratic Party's motion for summary judgment, filed earlier this week in the federal lawsuit challenging the open primary process."
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii’s election chief won’t be getting a pay hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:13 PM :: 4772 Views :: Office of Elections

The man at the center of 2012′s general election disaster will not get a $36,000 pay hike....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Update On Hawaii Reapportionment SCOTUS Appeal
By Robert Thomas @ 11:35 PM :: 5449 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

In state reapportionment cases such as this, the Court has "appellate" jurisdiction to directly review decisions by the US District Court for the District of Hawaii....

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Monday, August 12, 2013
KOS: Open Primary Forces Democrats to Discipline Lawmakers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 5864 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections
Because of Hawaii’s bizarre primary system, in which non-party members are allowed to vote, the possibility of party grass roots disciplining people like Gabbard, through primarying him, is very remote....
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Monday, August 5, 2013
Hawaii DINOs Meet Idaho RINOs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:27 PM :: 6014 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

Just as the GOP activists in Idaho want bad-intentioned Democrats and free-thinking independents out of “their” nominating process, so do Democratic Party leaders in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Federal court says military can go unrepresented in HI reapportionment
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:47 PM :: 5170 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

...removal of 108,000 non-permanent military and their families is “unconstitutional” and “discriminatory”....

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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Hawaii Reapportionment: ‘Supreme Court Will be Interested’
By Robert Thomas @ 11:52 AM :: 4573 Views :: Office of Elections

We always believed that the issues in this case merited resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court....

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Hawaii Reapportionment Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 9:45 PM :: 4193 Views :: Office of Elections

Full text of today's ruling....

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Voting Rights: Hawaii Moves to Top of Enforcement List?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:40 PM :: 5724 Views :: Office of Elections
Why? Hawaii's consistently low voter turnout....
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Supreme Court to Congress on Voting Rights Act: “History Did Not End in 1965”
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:13 PM :: 5593 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

... thankfully “Our country has changed” ....

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Sunday, June 23, 2013
LA Times: California ‘Non-Partisan’ Primary ‘Weakened Democracy’
By Selected News Articles @ 7:13 PM :: 6369 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

In response to Hawaii Democrats' suit to close their primary, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, columnist David Shapiro and Luxury Resort Developer Pierre Omidyar’s Civil Beat have all editorialized in favor of Hawaii adopting California’s ‘Top Two’ primary system....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Democrats' Lawsuit Demanding Closed Primary
By Robert Thomas @ 4:03 AM :: 7344 Views :: Democratic Party, First Amendment, Office of Elections

Here are the Complaint and the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Preliminary Injunction, filed yesterday....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
3 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court and Voter ID
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:43 PM :: 5558 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its first major decisions of this term, striking down Arizona’s measure requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration....

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Monday, June 17, 2013
Republicans: Our Primary Will Remain 'Open' as Hawaii Democratic Party Sues for Closed Primary
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 11059 Views :: Democratic Party, First Amendment, Office of Elections, Republican Party

to ensure Democrats are elected at the primary stage by ONLY their fellow Democrats....

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Friday, May 24, 2013
Census looks at 2012 Elections: Hawaii Worst Voter Registration, 2nd Worst Voter Participation
By Andrew Walden @ 9:51 PM :: 5505 Views :: Office of Elections
Hawaii will improve voter participation when Hawaii has a politically competitive two party system....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Study: 'Clean Elections' Often Favor Corrupt Incumbents Against Upstart Challengers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 AM :: 4473 Views :: Office of Elections

The GAO’s 2010 report concludes that the benefits supposedly derived from taxpayer financed campaigns do not occur...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Democratic Party Will File Legal Challenge Over Hawaii's Primary Election Laws
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 5957 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

The Democratic Party of Hawaii will file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to seek an injunction against the state of Hawaii over its primary election laws....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Testimony: Passage of SB286 Will Lead to State Court Challenge
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 PM :: 4079 Views :: Office of Elections
"What incentive do the plaintiffs have to withdraw their challenge IF they think they have a chance of prevailing in Federal Court?"
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SB982 Changing the Way Votes Are Counted on Constitutional Amendments
By Selected News Articles @ 10:59 AM :: 5450 Views :: Office of Elections
The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that a constitutional amendment only passes if at least 50% of the total ballots cast include a “yes” vote....
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Election Day Registration: Voters Subject to Media Hype
By News Release @ 11:11 AM :: 4492 Views :: Office of Elections
This new class of voter would be most likely to follow the latest media hype....
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Election Day Voter Registration: Invitation to Chaos and Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 PM :: 4932 Views :: Office of Elections
...our lawmakers have apparently not checked in with the eight other states that currently have this system....
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Monday, April 1, 2013
Hawaii Impact? Supreme Court Rejects Texas Reapportionment Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:32 PM :: 7104 Views :: National News, Office of Elections
This morning, the Supreme Court released the order with the results of last Friday's conference, revealing the Court has declined to review Lepak v. City of Irving....
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Thursday, March 14, 2013
SB286: Solomon Decision Allows Legislature to Define 'Permanent Resident'
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 10010 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Office of Elections

UPDATE: SB286 Approved with Amendments Thursday March 14, House Committee on Judiciary...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Hawaii Had Lowest Election Turnout in Nation – 44.1%
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 6104 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections
  • Texas – 50.1%
  • Oklahoma – 49.6%
  • West Virginia – 46.8%
  • Hawaii – 44.1%
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Voting Rights at the Supreme Court Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:26 PM :: 5951 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County (AL) v. Holder, the case raising the question of Section 5’s constitutionality....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Reapportionment: Plaintiffs Attorneys Back SB286
By Robert Thomas @ 5:29 PM :: 7097 Views :: Office of Elections

We are testifying in strong support of S.B. 286, which amends Hawaii Revised Statutes § 25-2 to define “permanent resident” for purposes of state reapportionment and redistricting as any person counted as a “usual resident” of Hawaii by the U.S. Census....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Reapportionment: SB286 Would End Discrimination, Mandate Count of All Persons
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 7211 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

Defines "permanent resident" for legislative reapportionment as any individual counted as a usual resident in the last preceding U.S. census within the State of Hawaii....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Long Lines to Vote? Not for the Vast Majority of Americans
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:24 PM :: 6677 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

It certainly is heartwarming that Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old voter whom President Obama recognized in his State of the Union speech, continues to vote and take part in our democratic process....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Can Vote-By-Mail Fix Those Long Lines At The Polls?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 5285 Views :: Office of Elections

...cases of voting fraud are more likely to be through absentee ballots, The New York Times reported last fall, citing comment from some election officials. Compared to in-person voting, an absentee ballot also is more likely to be rejected....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
KOS: Hanabusa Underperformed Obama the Most for any Incumbent in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 PM :: 10193 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...Colleen Hanabusa underperformed Obama by the most of any incumbent in the nation....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
PEW: Hawaii Elections Performance Index Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 5726 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

Highest rate of nonvoting due to registration or absentee ballot problems: Hawaii was the only state with an increase in the rate of registration and absentee voting problems of more than 1 percent between 2008-2010.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Privitization: Post Office to be Replaced by 'Hybrid Model'
By NCPA @ 12:18 PM :: 6273 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

Attention Hawaii: Can this 'hybrid model' be trusted with Vote-by-Mail?

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
PEW: Vote-by-Mail Favors Old White Democrats
By Selected News Articles @ 6:59 PM :: 6020 Views :: Office of Elections

What would happen if voting by mail became compulsory? ... We answer that question in this paper....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hawaii County: In Election Cases, Time Deadlines Matter
By Robert Thomas @ 2:30 PM :: 6807 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

The case involved a challenge to the charter's requirement that a candidate for public office be a resident of the district in which she intends to run for at least 90 days ....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Full Text: Green Party Sues Nago Over Botched Election
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 PM :: 5876 Views :: Office of Elections

The lawsuit claims the methodology and rules that were adopted and used did not comply with proper rulemaking....

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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Election Sabotage: Is Jamae Kawauchi Kevin Cronin?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:15 PM :: 13035 Views :: Office of Elections

Was Cronin sabotaged by Yoshina and Nago’s cronies in order to make way for Nago? In retrospect, the campaign against Cronin bears all the hallmarks of the campaign against Jamae Kawauchi.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Hawaii Election Results for State, County, and Federal Races
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 AM :: 7000 Views :: Office of Elections

Full Printout...GOP Legislative Caucus to be 1-S, 7-H

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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Secret Letters Show Nago Timed Attack on Hilo Election Office with Workers Planning Sickout
By Selected News Articles @ 7:37 PM :: 14210 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

"We are not going to volunteer as long as (fired elections workers) are not reinstated or treated fairly...." -- April 18, 2012

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Nago Orders State Takeover of Hawaii County Elections
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 7869 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

How far will Nago go for Dwayne Yoshina's girlfriend?

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Akaka's Granddaughter Demands Supreme Court Order New Election in Kona HD 6
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 8557 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

Akaka’s lawsuit seeks a recount of the ballots cast, or alternatively a re-run of the primary election for her district.

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Full Text: Nago Report on Hawaii Co Elections, Kawauchi Response
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 8046 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

... elections require the cooperation of the state and the counties working together and not pointing fingers at each other ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tulsi Gabbard's precincts Inversely Correlated with Mazie Hirono's
By Selected News Articles @ 4:32 PM :: 8000 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections, Politicians

...there's significant evidence that there was a different dynamic going on, and one that didn't follow the sort of liberal/conservative dimension that we tend to focus on....

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
FBI investigating? Sex, Lies and Retaliation at Big Island Election Office
By Andrew Walden @ 12:37 PM :: 20052 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

Will bureaucrats undermine public confidence in elections 'for a good time'? Read on ....

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Stanford University Paper Looks at Ranked Choice Voting
By Selected News Articles @ 4:25 PM :: 11339 Views :: Office of Elections

...strange results with RCV such as "Raising a candidate's rank on one's ballot does not always increase that candidate's chance of winning and in fact may decrease a candidate's chance to win"

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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hawaii’s Electoral College Dropout Scheme Debunked
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 8034 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

Driving the compact is the memory of the 2000 presidential election, in which George W. Bush won the slimmest of electoral-vote majorities even though Al Gore gained a plurality of popular votes. But that election itself suggests a fatal flaw in the proposal....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Honolulu Council Unanimously Opposes Instant Runoff Voting
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 7642 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

Today, the Honolulu City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 11-116 which urges the Hawaii State Legislature to defer action on House Bill No. 638, HD1 SD1 which would force the City & County of Honolulu along with the County of Hawaii to implement a new type of voting procedure during special elections called ‘instant runoff voting’ or ‘ranked choice voting’

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Friday, March 18, 2011
HB638--New Voting System for Hawaii: Round up as many candidates as possible, gang up on the front runners
By Andrew Walden @ 6:52 PM :: 9473 Views :: Office of Elections

"I'm not sure I would want to be in first place going into the election" 

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Monday, January 17, 2011
Calif. Mayor’s Open Letter to Honolulu Council: Instant Runoff Voting is undemocratic
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 11617 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

It is my understanding that there is a move in Honolulu to introduce IRV/RCV (ranked choice voting). I would suggest the Council not adopt IRV elections as it does not have the results intended. It will not result in a majority victor. There are many problems with ranked choice voting. At one time, I was a supporter of ranked choice voting but no more.

I was born and raised on the Island and still have many relatives on the Island. As someone from Honolulu, I would not want to subject them to instant runoff voting.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Instant Runoff? Low-income voters struggle with ranked-choice voting
By Selected News Articles @ 10:33 PM :: 12181 Views :: Office of Elections

Last week Hawai`i Free Press took a look at the experience of Burlington, VT voters who eventually voted to repeal Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).  Today we are sharing a voting analysis by investigative reporter Lance Williams of CaliforniaWatch who evaluates a 21-candidate San Francisco Supervisorial election very similar to the one won by Tom Berg. 

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