Hawaii General Election Ballot 2012
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 8.
More than 300 candidates participated in the Aug. 11 primary. Many, including those who are going on to the general election, raised and spent money as part of their campaigns. Contribution and expenditure reports are filed regularly and can be found at the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission website.
This year, the candidate filing process was delayed while the state Reapportionment Commission struggled to finalize new legislative boundaries. It's something that happens in every state every 10 years, following the new census that documents populations shifts.
In Hawaii, the new legislative district map was challenged in court and the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the commission's final product. The commission had to redraw the maps several times, and final maps were released March 8. However, on April 6, another lawsuit was filed challenging the exclusion of more than 100,000 residents who are in the military or are students. On May 22, the federal court rejected a request to stop the plan from taking effect, and allowed the plan adopted in March to proceed.
Every state House and Senate seat is up for election, as well as Hawaii's U.S. Senate seat, both congressional district seats, five of nine Honolulu city council seats (three of those were decided in the primary because one candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote), the Honolulu mayor, the Honolulu city prosecutor and various local races in other counties.
After the primary, Honolulu City Council member Tulsi Gabbard, who won the Congressional District 2 Democratic primary and is considered a shoo-in for the seat in November, resigned her District 6 council seat. That will now go on the general election ballot, too, and 16 candidates filed in time to make the ballot.
Here's a list of the candidates who will be on the ballot for the general election. If a candidate won in the primary or has no opponent in the general, their name won't appear on the ballot so we're not including them here. Civil Beat asked many candidates in contested primaries to answer questions on issues related to their race. Many of those questionnaires are linked from this page; just click on a candidate name and it will take you to the Q&A if one is available. (To see questionnaires by candidates who won't appear on the general election ballot go to our archives or type their name into the search function on our website.)
Check back frequently, because we'll be updating and adding information as it develops.
You can find the candidates' paperwork with lots of details at the Hawaii Elections Office.
You can also check out the League of Women Voters Hawaii website for links to information on many of the candidates running in the general election.