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Voting & Elections

KITV Island News: Education, security among concerns as Hawaii prepares for first all-mail election

While having an election entirely conducted by mail may be efficient, some political observers say the state has the tough task of explaining the process to voters.

Vote By Mail and Voter Service Centers Public Service Announcement Made by WAVE Youths in the Hawaii Kids Can Organization

This PSA was shot by the amazing, awesome, terrific WAVE Youths from the Hawaii Kids Can organization. The local Hawaii TV Station, Olelo, said, “The PSA has been submitted for airing on Olelo. It will air at random between our regularly scheduled programs.”

YouTube: Olelo Public Service Announcement on Hawaii Youth and Voting By Mail

This Common Cause Hawaii PSA made by our Hawaii Kids Can WAVE Youth about Vote By Mail! It is will be on Olelo’s OCM and its YouTube Channel!

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Column: Time for Hawaiians to stop being nonvoters, and to be heard

A 12 December 2019 OpEd calling for Hawaii's Native Hawaiian community to vote and pointing out that it will be made easier with Vote by Mail in 2020. It also advocates for automatic voter registration. This OpEd was written by noted Native Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Kokua Line: Voter’s signature visible on ballot-return envelope

The Kokua Line addresses, via a question and answer article, keeping a person’s signature secure on the vote by mail ballot.

Have you ever voted via mail-in ballot in a statewide election?

This is an on-line poll where the newspaper questions who has voted by mail. Both the results and the questions are very interesting!

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Editorial: Prepare voters for all-mail balloting

Hawaii leaders have been talking for years about the state’s transition to an all-voting-by-mail election system. This article contains an interview about this issue with Sandy Ma, the Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii.

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.

Ethics & Accountability

Honolulu Civic Beat: Free Lunch From A Contractor Is Annual Tradition at Honolulu Hale

The Ethics Commission is considering a zero-tolerance policy on “tokens of aloha.” Honolulu ethics guidelines say city departments shouldn’t accept any gifts from those doing business with their agencies. That includes contractors.

Photos from the Impeachment Support Rally on Oahu on 17 December 2019

Some photos are shown here from this spirited event, co-sponsored by Common Cause Hawaii. Go here to our Facebook Page for more.

AP News: Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachment

Longshot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is facing some heat in her heavily Democratic home state of Hawaii for voting “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Common Cause Hawaii Executive Director, Sandy Ma, said Gabbard’s votes aren’t representative of the people in her district and added Gabbard “shamed herself.”

Honolulu Civil Beat: Why Corrupt Public Employees In Hawaii Keep Their Pensions

For those convicted of abusing public office, the pension payments don’t stop at the guilty verdict.

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.

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