NONPARTISAN CANDIDATES

QUALIFICATION FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION

This FACTSHEET does not apply to candidates for nonpartisan offices (i.e. all county elections and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs).

Individuals not affiliated with any qualified political party in Hawaii may run as nonpartisan candidates in partisan elections (i.e. State Representative, State Senator, Governor, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator). Nonpartisan candidates must file nomination papers and pay a filing fee to qualify for the office and will appear on a separate nonpartisan ballot in the Primary Election.

According to the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) 12-41(b), to qualify for the General Election nonpartisan candidates must meet one of the following qualifications:

Method 1: receive at least ten percent (10%) of the total votes cast for the office for which the person is a candidate at the Primary Election; OR

Method 2: receive a vote equal to the lowest vote received by the partisan candidate who was nominated in the Primary Election for the office.

If more nonpartisan candidates qualify to run in the General Election than there are offices (seats) available, there shall be certified as candidates those receiving the highest number of votes, but not more candidates than there are offices (seats) to be elected. HRS 12-41(b).

See page 2 and 3 of this FACTSHEET for examples of calculations.


 

Sample Election Contest: Senatorial District A

CANDIDATES

VOTES RECEIVED

QUALIFY FOR GENERAL

REASON

Democrat A

300

No

Lost Democratic Primary

Democrat B

725

Yes

Won Democratic Primary

Republican

500

Yes

Won Republican Primary

Green

50

Yes

Won Green Primary

Libertarian

225

Yes

Won Libertarian Primary

Nonpartisan A

50

No

Qualified under Method 2 but lost Primary to Nonpartisan Candidate B

Nonpartisan B

75

Yes

Qualified under Method 2 and won Nonpartisan Primary

Total Votes:

1,925

 

 

Explanation

Method 1

Requirement: The nonpartisan candidate must receive at least ten percent (10%) of the total number of votes cast for the office.

Calculation: 1,925 votes times 10% = 192.5 or 193 votes required.

Result: Neither nonpartisan candidate qualified under this method.

Method 2

Requirement: The nonpartisan candidate must receive a vote equal to or greater than the lowest vote received by the partisan candidate who was nominated in the Primary Election for the office.

Calculation: The Green Party candidate received the least number of votes of all partisan candidates who won their primaries and were nominated for the General Election. Therefore, the nonpartisan candidate must match or exceed the number of votes received by the Green Party candidate to qualify for the General Election.

Green Candidate: 50 votes

Nonpartisan Candidate A: 50 votes

Nonpartisan Candidate B: 75 votes

Results: Although both nonpartisan candidates matched the number of votes received by the Green Party candidate, only nonpartisan candidate B qualified under this method.

Because there is only one seat available for this Senatorial race, the nonpartisan candidate receiving the highest number of votes qualifies to advance to the General Election.

Thus, only nonpartisan candidate B will be placed on the General Election ballot.

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.

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