MAJORITY ELECTIONS AND PLURALITY ELECTIONS
In the State of
Plurality is defined as:
"The number of votes cast for a candidate who obtains the greatest number of votes, though not a majority, in a contest of more than two candidates."
Thus, in the elections that are decided by plurality, the candidate who receives the most votes wins the election.In this type of election, the candidate does not need a certain percentage of the votes to be elected.
For the City and
A majority is defined as:
"At least 50% of the votes plus one or a number greater than half of the total votes cast."
If no candidate receives a majority, a second special election is held in conjunction with the general election between the two candidates receiving the most votes.The candidate with the highest number of votes at this second special election is deemed elected.(See the FACTSHEET on Calculating a Majority for the City & County of Honolulu Special Elections for additional information.)
This document is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as an authority on the Hawaii election law and deadlines. Requirements and/or deadlines may change pending changes in legislation. Consult the Hawaii Revised Statutes and other sources for more detailed and accurate requirements.
Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Phone: (808) 453-VOTE (8683)
Neighbor Islands Toll Free: 1-800-442-VOTE (8683)