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Ethics & Accountability

Honolulu Civil Beat: Lawmakers’ Financial Disclosures Don’t Always Paint A Complete Picture

Lawmakers financial disclosures do not provide much detail or precise depictions of legislators’ financial interests.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: David Shapiro: $350M Aloha Stadium plan has flies on it already

Common Cause and the League of Women Voters last week awarded the 2019 Legislature its “Rusty Scalpel” award for using the deceitful gut-and-replace tactic to provide $350 million for a new stadium

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project

Some residents ask whether campaign contributions and a job factored into Ernie Martin’s support for a controversial Pupukea project.

The Maui News: County paid for council members, staff to stay at Wailea hotel for HSAC

Six Maui County Council members and six executive assistants stayed at the Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott Maui during a conference in June and were reimbursed in public funds to the tune of just over $11,000, according to documents obtained from the county Finance Department.

Money & Influence

Honolulu Civil Beat: Aloha Stadium Deal Panned By Watchdog Groups

Common Cause Hawaii and the League of Women Voters of Hawaii decry gut and replace bill.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Councilwoman’s use of city funds to pay PR firm is scrutinized

Honolulu City Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi is using her taxpayer-funded Council contingency account to pay a Honolulu public relations and advertising firm for community and media outreach and marketing.

Voting & Elections

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Government group raises alarm as state moves to all-mail voting

Common Cause Hawaii is urging election officials to open more than a handful of Voter Service Centers in Hawaii next year to ensure that all voters are able to vote in-person as the State for the first time transitions to all Vote By Mail.

Hawaii's Olelo TV Network: Video of Vote by Mail Info Brief presented to Hawaii State Legislators

This is a video of the 13 November 2019 Informational Briefing on the Vote by Mail initiative, presented to the Hawaii State Senate and House Judiciary Committees on 13 November 2019

Generations Magazine - Hawaii's Resource for Life: All Vote-By-Mail Comes to Hawaii - by Sandy Ma, Executive Director, Common Cause Hawaii

Starting with the 2020 primaries, all statewide elections in Hawai‘i will be conducted by mail, pursuant to Act 136, Session Laws of Hawai‘i 2019 (HB1248, CD1). This will be a big change for some Hawai‘i voters, especially those who are not accustomed to voting by absentee ballot.

Hawaii Public Radio website: Article on the Vote by Mail Info Brief to State Legislators

No More Hawaii Polling Places, Mainly Mail Ballots Next Year. What Could Go Wrong?

Hawaii Business Magazine: Government and Civic Engagement in Hawai‘i Need to Change

Part 2: How to Increase Hawai‘i’s Low Voter Turnout

There’s no silver bullet: Action is likely needed on several fronts to get more people to the polls though skeptics say some efforts may have little or no effect.

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