HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 11-115, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Arrangement of names on the ballot. (a) The names of the candidates
shall be placed upon the ballot for their respective offices in alphabetical
except:]; provided that:
(1) Prior to each election cycle, the chief election officer shall select a letter of the alphabet by lot; and
(2) For primary, general, and special elections during each election cycle, candidates whose last names begin with the letter selected pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be placed first upon the ballot and the names of other candidates shall follow in alphabetical order, beginning with the letter that follows the letter selected by lot.
(b) In addition to the requirement of subsection (a), arrangement of candidate names on a ballot shall be:
(1) As provided in section 11-118;
For] Subject to the limitations of
the voting system in use; and
For] In the case of the candidates
for vice president and lieutenant governor in the general election [ whose],
the names of those candidates shall be placed immediately below the
name of the candidate for president or governor of the same political party.
In elections using the paper ballot or electronic voting systems where the
names of the candidates are printed and the voter records the voter's vote on
the face of the ballot, the following format shall be used: A horizontal line
shall be ruled between each candidate's name and the next name, except between
the names of presidential and vice presidential candidates and candidates for
governor and lieutenant governor of the same political party in the general
election. In such case the horizontal line shall follow the name of the
candidates for vice president and lieutenant governor of the same political party,
thereby grouping the candidates for president and vice president and governor
and lieutenant governor of the same political party within the same pair of
Immediately to the left of (before) or to the right of (after) the candidate
name or names, according to the requirements of the voting system, two vertical
lines shall be ruled, so that in conjunction with the horizontal lines, a box
shall be formed to the left of or to the right of the name and its equivalent,
In case of the candidates for president and vice president and governor and
lieutenant governor of the same political party, only one box shall be formed
opposite their set of names. The boxes shall be of sufficient size to give
ample room in which to designate the choice of the voter in the manner
prescribed for the voting system in use. All of the names upon a ballot shall
be placed at a uniform distance from the left edge and close thereto, and shall
be of uniform size and print subject to section 11-119."
SECTION 2. The chief election officer is directed to establish procedures to implement the purpose of this Act, which shall apply to the first full two year election cycle next following the effective date of this Act.
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Elections; Ballot; Arrangement of Names
Requires the chief election officer to select a letter of the alphabet by lot and arrange candidate names on ballots in alphabetical order by last name, beginning with the randomly selected letter. Applies to elections in the next two year election cycle following effective date. (HB32 CD1)
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