Hawaii Age Qualification for Governor, Amendment 1 (2008)

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The Hawaii Age Qualification for Governor is a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Hawaii.

Election results

Hawaii Amendment 1
Defeatedd No356,68282%
Yes 75,696 18%


Text of measure

The ballot question voters decided on is,

"Shall the age qualification for the office of governor and office of lieutenant governor be reduced from 30 years of age to 25 years of age?"[1]


Supporters included:

  • Hawaii State Senator David Ige, D-District 16[2]
  • Youth Outreach! Hawaii[2]

Editorial Support:

  • Honolulu Star Bulletin[3]

Arguments in Support

Notable arguments made in support of the measure included:

  • Allowing younger people to run for the state's highest offices would encourage more of them to take part in politics.[3]
  • There are many under 30 who have been successful in business and other enterprises and should not be denied a chance to run.[3]
  • If a person under the age of 30 is able to go to war, fight, and die for our country, a person should be able to run for office.[2]


Arguments in Opposition

Notable arguments made in opposition of the measure included:

  • At 18 a person might not be prepared for political leadership.[3]

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