ACT 57


The purpose of Act 57 (Bill No. HB267, 2004) is to amend the law relating to the Office of Elections and the Campaign Spending Commission.


Act 57 establishes a nine-member panel, called the Elections Commission, which replaces the Elections and Appointment Review Panel. The nine-member panel is composed of the following:

         2 members appointed by the President of the Senate

         2 members appointed by the Senate Minority Leader

         2 members appointed by the Speaker of the House

         2 members appointed by the House Minority Leader

         1 member selected by a two-thirds vote of the Elections Commission serves as Chairperson


Each group of four Elections Commission members selected by each house will include one Elections Commission member from each of the four counties in the State: Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu.


A person from the same county as the departing Elections Commission member will fill a vacancy in the Elections Commission. If the vacancy is not filled within fifteen days, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will fill the vacancy.


The Elections Commission appoints the Chief Election Officer (CEO) and oversees the functions of the CEO and the Office of Elections.







Date Appointed by Term Expiration


Zale Okazaki Senate President June 30, 2016


Victor V. Vierra Senate President June 30, 2014


Patricia Berg Senate Minority Leader June 30, 2014


Carol Kitaoka Senate Minority Leader June 30, 2016


Warren Orikasa House Speaker June 30, 2014


Daniel Young House Speaker June 30, 2016


Charles King House Minority Leader June 30, 2014

Xara Marshall House Minority Leader June 30, 2016


William Marston (Chairperson)







The duties of the Elections Commission provided under Hawaii Revised Statutes 11-7.5 are as follows:


1) Hold Public Hearings;


2) Investigate and hold hearings for receiving evidence of any violations and complaints;


3) Adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91;


4) Employ, without regard to chapter 76, a full-time Chief Election Officer, pursuant to section 11-1.6; and


5) Advise the Chief Election Officer on matters relating to elections.







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

TTY: 808-453-6150

Internet: www.hawaii.gov/elections

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Rev. 03/14/2013