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How To Really Fix Hawaii’s Elections Screen shot

How To Really Fix Hawaii’s Elections

Forget about voter turnout. What we need are more and better candidates.

Should Hawaii Convert To Ranked Choice Voting? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Convert To Ranked Choice Voting?

Maine and several U.S. cities allow voters to rate candidates in order of preference.

Forget The Pilot Program And Switch To All-Mail Voting Statewide Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Forget The Pilot Program And Switch To All-Mail Voting Statewide

Continued low turnout and an increase in absentee balloting show that we should be doing more than just testing it on Kauai in 2020.

Inside Ige’s Political Turnaround — And How Hanabusa Helped Him Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inside Ige’s Political Turnaround — And How Hanabusa Helped Him

Two natural disasters and an opponent whose overconfident campaign tried to run out the clock helped the governor secure a second term.

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Josh Green Prevails In Democratic Lieutenant Governor Race

Super PAC funding helped state Sen. Josh Green gain a significant advertising edge over state Sen. Jill Tokuda in the lead-up to the election.

Ige Defeats Hanabusa In Democratic Primary For Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Defeats Hanabusa In Democratic Primary For Governor

Incumbent Hawaii Gov. David Ige will be heavily favored in the general election against the GOP nominee, state Rep. Andria Tupola.

State Fines Pro-Hanabusa Super PAC $3,000 Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

State Fines Pro-Hanabusa Super PAC $3,000

The fine, levied against upstart super PAC Defend Hawaii Now, comes amid a last-minute spending push in the days before the primary election.

Ocasio-Cortez Brings Her Star Power To Hawaii To Boost Kaniela Ing Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ocasio-Cortez Brings Her Star Power To Hawaii To Boost Kaniela Ing

The democratic socialist who recently scored a big upset in New York appears at a rally for Ing’s congressional candidacy.

Want To Run For Office In Hawaii Without Joining A Political Party? Good Luck Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Run For Office In Hawaii Without Joining A Political Party? Good Luck

No nonpartisan candidate has won a statewide or legislative office in at least 25 years.

GOP Candidate Challenges Citizenship Ruling Screenshot: votetimoteo.com

GOP Candidate Challenges Citizenship Ruling

Sai Timoteo contends state officials have proceeded improperly, but they say they’ve done everything right.

Hanabusa’s Legacy in Congress: From Military Spending To A Post Office In Kahala Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Hanabusa’s Legacy in Congress: From Military Spending To A Post Office In Kahala

In D.C., the Democratic candidate for governor prided herself on funneling military dollars to Hawaii and was a strong advocate for the fishing industry.

Hawaii Elections Officials Already Have 112,000 Ballots In Hand Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Elections Officials Already Have 112,000 Ballots In Hand

On Oahu, about 70,000 mail ballots have been returned, and another 4,700 people have voted at walk-in polling places.