On June 27, 1959, voters in Hawaii ratified a congressional bill making Hawaii the 50th state in the union. "Yes for statehood" took 94.3 percent of the vote and in August of the same year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation to make it official. Since then, Hawaii has held elections in every even-numbered year. The state has a primary on the second Saturday in August and a general election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Hawaii has also held special elections due to deaths and resignations of officials.