Hawaii Elections Guide 2012

Use this guide to track the 2012 Hawaii elections. Bookmark it and come back. We'll be updating through the Nov. 6 general election.

  • Voter registration and turnout: Where to register, where to vote and much more information on Hawaii's voting practices. How to get involved through your local political parties or other groups.

  • Elections calendar: Important dates for voters, candidates, campaign and political parties including registration and campaign filing information.

  • Campaign finance: We'll be tracking candidates contributions and expenditures as well as how political action committees and Super PACs are influencing Hawaii elections. Look for links to sites where you can follow the candidates you're interested in, as well as information on the PACs.

  • The Public File: Who's Buying Political Ads in Hawaii: Want to know how campaigns and outside groups are using TV ads to influence Hawaii elections? Each week, Civil Beat plans to visit local broadcast stations to pick up copies of the public files showing who's bought air time, when the ads will air and how much they paid. We'll share our findings with you.

  • Endorsements: Major supporters are important to the candidates and often help people decide who to vote for. Check out who the organizations you respect are supporting.

  • The 2012 General Election Ballot: Who's running for federal, state and local office as well as the board of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the Nov. 6 general election. Our ballot includes links to candidates' topic pages and questionnaires on important issues in their districts.

  • Honolulu City Council Elections: Follow the races in Hawaii's largest city where five of the nine council seats are up for a vote this year.

  • Honolulu Mayoral Election: Incumbent Peter Carlisle is being challenged by former Gov. Ben Cayetano and former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell.

  • The Civil Beat Poll: We are conducting our own independent polls on a variety of topics and issues as this election season moves along. Check here to read about races, topics and what Hawaii think about how campaign money influences our representatives and the political process.

  • Hawaii Republican caucuses: Civil Beat attended the March 13 caucuses throughout the state to get a sense of whether the critical presidential election had energized the party, by far the underdog in the solidly Democratic state.

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