Category Archives: Hawaii

Hawaii Election Challenged with Fifteen Amendment Claims

By: Andrew Lowy A Hawaii election has put the Fifteenth Amendment in an interesting spotlight. Hawaii’s Act 195, passed in 2011, authorized the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to compile a list of Native Hawaiians who would later be able to … Continue reading

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Native-Hawaiian Self Determination Election Survives Equal Protection Challenge

By: Mollie Topic In October 2015, a U.S. district judge sitting in Honolulu denied a motion for preliminary injunction to halt an election that is open only to Native Hawaiians. The litigation in Akina v. Hawaii arises out of the … Continue reading

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HI: Pay-to-Play Law is A-OK in the Aloha State

By: Mary C. Topic Pay-to-play laws have risen in prominence in recent years, particularly after Citizens United came down. Pay-to-play laws regulate campaign contributions from government contractors, frequently by taking the form of prohibitions on the award of contracts to … Continue reading

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A series of tubes: Transmitting ballots via the Internet

by Anthony Balady The Internet is a strange and unpredictable place, filled with cats playing keyboard and Rick Astley videos. It’s the kind of place you wouldn’t want your ballot floating around without protection. So, ever since the widespread adoption … Continue reading

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HI (ballot access): Gotta be in it to win it: Ralph Nader loses Hawaiian ballot access challenge

by Anthony Balady Ralph Nader may be accustomed to losing elections, but it takes a special kind of talent to lose before the first ballot has been cast. But that is just what happened back in 2004, when Hawaiian election … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap Up

Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in election law. – The Hawaiian Office of Elections has set May 22nd as their target date for a special election to replace Congressman Neil Abercrombie.  Due to that state’s … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap Up

Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in state election law. – The Kentucky House has voted overwhelmingly to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would restore felon voting rights in that state. Currently, the governor must … Continue reading

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Hawaii Five-O: A $5,000 Budget has Hawaii Rethinking the Special Election

On January 4th U.S. Congressman for Hawaii Neil Abercrombie announced he will resign on February 28th to focus on his run for Governor in November. When a special election is required to fill a U.S. representative’s seat, it may not … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap Up

Every Friday, State of Elections brings you the latest news in state election law. – Events in Virginia’s 21st district are moving quickly, and Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Fredrick Lowe has scheduled a recount for the 14th of December. … Continue reading

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