Hawaii elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Hawaii
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Hawaii
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Hawaii

The state of Hawaii held elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Hawaii
Signature filing deadline for all candidates June 3, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election July 10, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date August 9, 2014 Red padlock.png
U.S. Senate special election (primary) August 9, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 6, 2014 Red padlock.png
General election date November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
U.S. Senate special election (general) November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Statewide ballot measure elections November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png

Below are the types of elections that were scheduled in Hawaii in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (5 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Unscheduled electiond

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Hawaii

Hawaii State Legislature


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014 and Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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Contents
1 U.S. Senate elections in Hawaii
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Primary to watch
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U.S. Senate elections in Hawaii

See also: United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014 and Special elections to the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014)

Hawaii held a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The primary election was held on August 9, 2014, with the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

On December 26, 2012, Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie (D) appointed his Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to fill the seat's vacancy.[2]

The special election was held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Senator Daniel Inouye (D).

On June 17, 2013, the Hawaii Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to close its primary to all except registered Democrats.[3] Hawaii does not ask voters to choose a party when they register to vote. This was the first time any state Democratic Party had ever filed a lawsuit to close an open primary.[4]

The winner of the contested Democratic primary was a favorite for the general election in the heavily Democratic state.[5]

Candidates


General election candidates


Note: The results of the Democratic primary were initially too close to call. Colleen Hanabusa and incumbent Brian Schatz were separated by less than one percent of the vote.[6] A special make-up election was held on August 15, 2014, for the two precincts that were forced to close the polls on the original August 9, 2014, primary election.

August 9, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Candidates

Failed to file

Declined candidates

The following individuals were mentioned as possible candidates, but declined to run.

Race background


Senator Daniel Inouye died December 17, 2012, 50 years after he was first elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. He was the longest serving sitting Senator in U.S. history.[19] According to Hawaii law, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) was required to appoint someone to the open seat until the special election in 2014. The appointee had to be one of three names submitted by the state party of the incumbent. Inouye gave his preference for his successor in a letter to Abercrombie, in which Inouye listed Colleen Hanabusa as his pick to replace him in the U.S. Senate. Representative Hanabusa topped the list of early contenders.[8]

The fiscal cliff votes gave Abercrombie a very narrow window to appoint another Democrat to Inouye's seat.[20][21] On December 26, 2012, the governor tapped his Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to fill the vacancy, denying Inouye's deathbed request that Hanabusa should succeed him.[22]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on April 23 that it planned to back U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his bid for re-election next year amid a primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.[23] On May 7th, 2013 EMILY'S List endorsed Hanabusa over incumbent Brian Schatz.[24][25]

1st District incumbent Colleen Hanabusa announced her decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat on May 2, 2013.[26][27]

On May 3, 2013, the widow of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye endorsed Hanabusa’s bid against Sen. Brian Schatz (D), a move she said honors one of the late senator’s “last requests.”[28] In a statement Irene Hirano Inouye said, “Shortly after she was elected President of the Hawaii State Senate, Dan recognized that Colleen was more than capable of succeeding him and he began to mentor her. His last wish was that Colleen serve out his term because he was confident in her ability to step into the Senate and immediately help Hawaii. I am honoring one of his last requests, and look forward to supporting Colleen on the campaign trail.”[28]

Both candidates came to the race with their own strengths: Schatz, as an incumbent, started off with the fundraising advantage and inherited a team of national strategists and consultants to run his campaign.[29] Hanabusa, on the other hand, is better known within the state and tapped into the network and political organization Inouye left behind.[29]

Primary to watch


The primary battle between Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa was highlighted as one of the top five primaries to watch in 2014.[30]

Primary vulnerability

Schatz was named by National Journal as one of the top five incumbent senators at risk of losing his or her primary election. Four of the five most vulnerable senators were Republican.[31]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Hawaii
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Hawaii

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Hawaii took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 3, 2014
August 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Hawaii is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[32][33][34]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[35]

See also: Hawaii elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held both of the two congressional seats from Hawaii.

Members of the U.S. House from Hawaii -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Colleen Hanabusa Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Tulsi Gabbard Electiondot.png Democratic 2

List of candidates by district


1st Congressional District

General election candidates

August 9, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Failed to file

Not on ballot

Rumored candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

August 9, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Candidates

Failed to file

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State executive official elections in Hawaii

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See also: Hawaii state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Hawaii
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor

Two state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Hawaii.

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Hawaii:

List of candidates by office

Governor


General election

Republican Party Duke Aiona/Elwin Ahu[51]
Democratic Party David Ige/Shan TsutsuiGreen check mark transparent.png[52]
Libertarian Party Jeff Davis/Cindy Marlin[53]
Independent Independent Party candidates Mufi Hannemann/Les Chang[54]

Lost in the primary

Gubernatorial

Democratic Party Neil Abercrombie - Incumbent[55]
Democratic Party Van Tanabe[56]
Republican Party Charles Collins - Retired businessman, artist, frequent candidate[56]
Republican Party Stuart Gregory - Frequent candidate[56]

Lieutenant gubernatorial

Democratic Party Clayton Hee - State Sen.[57]
Democratic Party Sam Puletasi - State Medical Board Member[56]
Democratic Party Miles Shiratori - Lifeguard, Real Estate Investor[56]
Democratic Party Mary Zanakis - Television documentary producer[58]
Republican Party Kimo Sutton[59]

Disqualified

Independent (Nonpartisan) Misty Davis[60]
Independent (Nonpartisan) Khistina Dejean[60]
Independent (Nonpartisan) Richard Morse, Jr.[60]

Withdrawn

Independent (Nonpartisan) Joe Spatola - Entertainer[60]

Lieutenant Governor


General election

Democratic Party Shan Tsutsui - Incumbent
Republican Party Elwin Ahu[56]
Independent Les Chang[56]
Libertarian Party Cindy Marlin[61]

Defeated in primary

Democratic Party Clayton Hee - State Sen.[62]
Democratic Party Sam Puletasi - State Medical Board Member[56]
Democratic Party Miles Shiratori - Lifeguard, Real Estate Investor[56]
Democratic Party Mary Zanakis - Television documentary producer[63]
Republican Party Kimo Sutton[64]

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State Senate election in Hawaii

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See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Hawaii State Senate:

Hawaii State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 24 24
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 25 25

List of candidates by district

District 1District 3District 4District 6District 7District 12District 16District 17District 18District 21District 23District 24

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State House elections in Hawaii

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See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Hawaii House of Representatives:

Hawaii House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 44 43
     Republican Party 7 8
Total 51 51

List of candidates by district

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Hawaii

See also: Hawaii 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Five statewide ballot measures were certified for the 2014 statewide ballot in Hawaii.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Judiciary Requires the disclosure of names of nominees for appointment to state courts Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Bonds Authorizes the issuance of bonds for agricultural enterprises Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Increases the mandatory age of retirement for judges and justices to 80 Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Education Permits the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Bonds Authorizes the issuance of bonds for loan assistance to dam and reservoir owners Approveda

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Local ballot measure elections in Hawaii

See also: Local ballot measures, Hawaii and Local ballot measure elections in 2014

Elections by date

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Voting in Hawaii

See also: Voting in Hawaii

Important voting information

  • Hawaii is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[32][33][34]
  • Hawaii passed legislation in 2012 authorizing online voter registration, but a system has not yet been implemented.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Hawaii, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Hawaii is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends three days prior to election day.[65] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Hawaii ranked 45th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Hawaii received an overall score of 54 percent.[66]

See also

References

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