Here are a few resources the Common Cause Hawaii Team has put together to help you navigate the 2018 Election
Hawaii Power Ballot
Hawaiipowerballot.com is your guide to candidates and ballot issues in Hawaii. Input your address and preview your ballot. Click on candidates to find links to their websites, social media pages and candidate questionnaires. You can also find more information regarding the State Constitution and county charters. You can use it on any smartphone, tablet, or website.
Citizens Initiative Review Panel
We’re always looking for ways to get information to voters, 2018 being no exception. New for this year, we co-sponsored a “Citizens Review Panel” with the UH Public Policy Center to discuss the question of whether or not to have a Hawaii State Constitutional Convention. Over the course of 3 weeks, panelists acted as a “jury” and reviewed the history and regulations of previous conventions and heard from advocates, both for and against, a con-con. The panelists then voted upon top facts, and top reasons, pro and con, for having a convention. View their findings, and hear from some of the panelists here. We hope that voters will find it helpful to hear from their peers, to help navigate through the noise, as more ads and editorials start to appear. You can also check out our brief overview of what a Constitutional convention would entail.
Constitutional Amendment Question
Note: the Con Am question was invalidated by the Hawaii Supreme Court on October 19. Because ballots have already been printed, the question will still appear on the ballot, but votes will not counted for this question. Read more here.
Hawaii voters will also be asked whether or not to amend the Hawaii State Constitution allowing for a property tax surcharge dedicated to school funding. The question asks, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?” Panelists: Corey Rosenlee, President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (support), Deborah Zysman, Executive Director of Hawaii Children’s Action Network (support), Colbert Matsumoto representing the Affordable Hawaii Coalition (oppose), and Randy Roth, professor emeritus at the Richard School of Law (oppose). Moderated by Gina Mangieri. Sponsored by KHON2 and Common Cause Hawaii. Watch the recording and vote.
Same Day Registration
The official deadline to register to vote in Hawaii has passed. But thanks to Same Day Registration (SDR), you haven’t missed out. You can take advantage of SDR at an Early Walk-In Voting Location (locations and hours here) or on Election Day itself. To register on Election Day, you must report to your polling location, which you can find here. For more info on SDR, please click here.
Already registered? Bring a friend (or 5) and make sure they vote too!