Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald is looking to fill two vacancies on the State of Hawaii Elections Commission.

The term of Clifford Motta of Hawaii County expired on June 30, while the term of Michael Curtis of Kauai County expired on June 30.

The commission must be filled with a person from the same county as the departing elections commission member, but persons currently taking an active part in political management or in political campaigns cannot serve on the commission.

The duties of commissioners include investigating and holding hearings to receive evidence of any violations and complaints, and advising the chief election officer on matters relating to elections.

Elections Commission chair Scotty Anderson.
Elections Commission Chair Scotty Anderson. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Any resident of the County of Hawaii or the County of Kauai who is interested in serving on the State of Hawaii Elections Commission should submit a resume and cover letter that includes the following:

  • a statement explaining why they are qualified to serve;
  • education and employment history;
  • a list of immediate relatives who serve in elected office;
  • a disclosure of any pending litigation, tax, or criminal matter, any potential conflict of interest with regard to the duties of the commission, or anything else that could adversely affect your ability to serve; and
  • the names and contact information of three references.

Send the material to Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 417 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Or fax 808-539-4703 or email to chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov.

Resumes must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered no later than Aug. 4. The names of all applicants will be made public. Once appointed, the individuals’ terms will be effective through June 30, 2026.

More information about the commission can be found in Chapter 11 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and on the commission’s web page.

The duties of the Elections Commission are provided under Hawaii Revised Statutes §11-7.5.

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