FACTSHEET

HOW A CITY/COUNTY CANDIDATE IS ELECTED

 

Every city/county office up for election in a particular year is covered by each county’s respective charter. The following is an overview of how each county elects its candidates to office.

 

Note: Some charters refer to a First Special Election and Second Special Election. For the sake for simplicity, this factsheet will instead refer to when these elections are held - during regularly scheduled primary and general elections.

 

County of Hawaii – Mayor, Prosecuting Attorney, Councilmember

 

Number of Candidate(s) for a Seat

Circumstance

One

The candidate will appear on the primary election ballot and be deemed elected at the time.

 

Two or More

In the primary election, if a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast (i.e. more than fifty percent excluding blank and overvotes) then the candidate is deemed elected at that time. The contest will not appear on the general ballot.

 

Otherwise, the two (2) candidates receiving the most votes in the primary election will appear on the ballot in the general election. The candidate receiving the most votes in general election will be deemed elected.

 

Source: Hawaii County Charter Article XIII, Section 13-27

 

 

County of Maui – Mayor and Councilmember

 

Number of Candidate(s) for a Seat

Circumstance

One or Two

The candidate(s) go directly to the general election. The candidate receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

 

 

Three or More

The contest appears on the primary election ballot. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary election will appear on the ballot in the general election. The candidate receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

Source: Maui County Charter Article 3, Section 3-2 and Article 7, Section 7-2

 

 

County of Kauai – Mayor, Prosecuting Attorney and Councilmember

 

Mayor and Prosecuting Attorney

 

Number of Candidate(s) for a Seat

Circumstance

One

The candidate will appear on the primary election ballot and be deemed elected at that time.

 

Two or More

The two (2) candidates receiving the most votes in the primary election will appear on the general election ballot. The candidate receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

 

Councilmember

 

Number of Candidate(s)

Circumstance

Fourteen or Less

All candidates will appear on the primary election ballot and again on the general election ballot. The seven (7) candidates receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

Fifteen or More

The fourteen (14) candidates receiving the most votes in the primary election will appear on the general election ballot. The seven (7) candidates receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

Source: Kauai County Charter Article I, Section 1.03

 

 

 

 

 

 

City & County of Honolulu – Mayor, Prosecuting Attorney and Councilmember

 

Number of Candidate(s) for a Seat

Circumstance

One

The candidate will appear on the primary election ballot and be deemed elected at that time.

 

Two

Both candidates go directly to the general election. The candidate receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

Three or More

In the primary election, if a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast (i.e. more than fifty percent excluding blank and overvotes) then the candidate is deemed elected at that time. The contest will not appear on the general election ballot.

 

Otherwise, the two (2) candidates receiving the most votes in the primary election will appear on the ballot in the general election. The candidate receiving the most votes in the general election will be deemed elected.

 

Source: City & County of Honolulu Charter Article XIII, Section 13-116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Factsheet is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed to constitute legal advice or authority.  Readers should consult the most current version of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and other sources for a complete and legal basis of the law or seek assistance from a licensed private attorney.

 

Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Phone: 808-453-VOTE(8683)
Neighbor Island Toll Free: 1-800-442-VOTE(8683)

TTY:  808-453-6150

Internet: www.hawaii.gov/elections

 

 

Office of Elections – FSBO116D

Rev. 07/31/13