HOW A CITY/COUNTY CANDIDATE IS ELECTED

Every city/county office up for election 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.

CANDIDATE(S) FOR A SEAT

CIRCUMSTANCE

REFERENCE

COUNTY OF HAWAII - MAYOR, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, COUNCILMEMBER

One

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

Hawaii County Charter Article XIII, Section 13-27

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.

Hawaii County Charter Article XIII, Section 13-27

COUNTY OF MAUI - MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBER

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.

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


 

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.

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

COUNTY OF KAUAI - MAYOR AND PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

One

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

Kauai County Charter Article I, Section 1.03B

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.

Kauai County Charter Article I, Section 1.03B

COUNTY OF KAUAI - COUNCILMEMBER

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.

Kauai County Charter Article I, Section 1.03C

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.

Kauai County Charter Article I, Section 1.03C

CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU - MAYOR, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, COUNCILMEMBER

One

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

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

Two

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

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

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.

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

 

This FACTSHEET is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as an authority on Hawaii election law. Requirements and/or deadlines may change. Consult the Hawaii Revised Statutes and other sources for more detailed requirements.

Office of Elections

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Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Phone: (808) 453-VOTE (8683)

Neighbor Island Toll Free: 1-800-442-VOTE (8683)

TTY: (808) 453-6150

http://www.hawaii.gov/elections

Office of Elections - FSBO116E

Rev. 1/5/2015