Hawaii Primary Election Ballot 2012

The primary is Aug. 11. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote is July 12.

The last day to file for election was Tuesday, June 5, and the primary ballot was set, at least preliminarily.

You can find the candidates' paperwork at the Hawaii Elections Office.

But this year, the 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, the Honolulu mayor, the Honolulu city prosecutor and various local races in other counties.

Here's a list of the seats — and candidates who filed their paperwork to run for office. Some have been actively campaigning for months, including raising money from contributors.

Check back frequently, because we'll be linking from this page to information on candidates and where they stand on important issues.

You can also check out the League of Women Voters Hawaii website for links to information on many of the 316 candidates running in the primary election.

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