Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Hawaii

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Hawaii. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Hawaii. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.

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Year-specific dates


See also: Hawaii elections, 2014

Hawaii will have a primary election on August 9, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The filing deadline for candidates in Hawaii is June 3, 2014.[1] Petitions to qualify as a new political party in time for the 2014 elections are due February 20, 2014.[2]

Deadline Event
February 20, 2014 Deadline to submit petitions to qualify as a new political party
June 3, 2014 Candidate filing deadline
August 9, 2014 Primary election date
November 4, 2014 General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

There is a difference between the official recognition of a political party and a party designation in some states. These political designations are not officially recognized political parties. Designations are often formed around a particular cause or ideology.[3]

Candidates can sometimes appear on the ballot under a political designation while other times appearing under a political party. This may involve a particular state's law regarding by-law requirements, petitions, or other factors. In some cases, official parties may receive state funding or the right to a state-sanctioned primary. Other states, for example, may require a candidate to run as a member of a political group before it is recognized as a full party, requiring that candidate to earn a certain percentage of the votes cast in that election for the identified group to be considered a party.

There are three political parties in Hawaii as of November 2013.[4]

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Democratic Party Party platform
Green Party Party by-laws
Republican Party Party platform

Election-related agencies

Figure 1: This is an Affidavit to Voluntarily Agree with Campaign Expenditure Limits in the state of Hawaii.

Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

See also: State election agencies

Hawaii Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Telephone: (808) 453-8683
Toll Free: (800) 442-8683
Fax: (808) 453-6006

Campaign Spending Commission
Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building
235 S. Beretania Street, Room 300
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 586-0285
Fax: (808) 586-0288

Hawaii State Ethics Commission
Physical Address: 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 970, Honolulu, HI 96813
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 616, Honolulu, HI 96809
Telephone: (808) 587-0460
Fax: (808) 587-0470

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

The state executive term limits in Hawaii are as follows:[5]

There are no state executives that are term-limited in 2014.

State legislatures

See also: State legislatures with term limits

There are no term limits placed on Hawaii state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Hawaii and List of United States Senators from Hawaii

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Hawaii:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Hawaii
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 2 2 4
     Republican Party 0 0 0
TOTALS as of May 2015 2 2 4

State legislative partisanship

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Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Hawaii:

State Senate

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 24
     Republican Party 1
Total 25

State house

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 7
Total 51

See also

External links



  1. Hawaii Office of Elections Website, "2014 Candidates," accessed November 7, 2013
  2. Office of Elections Factsheet, "The Petition Process To Qualify a Political Party For Election Ballot Purposes in the State Of Hawaii," accessed November 7, 2013
  3. Based on research conducted by Ballotpedia staff in October 2013. This included phone calls to the 50 states and analysis of the state political party websites.
  4. Ballotpedia email with Hawaii Office of Elections on November 25, 2013
  5. Hawaii Constitution, "Article V, Sections 1 and 2," accessed November 7, 2013