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Hawaiʻi voter guide: Here's what to know about the 2022 election

Leading up to the general election on Nov. 8, Hawaiʻi Public Radio will bring you candidate interviews and deep dives on the issues that matter to voters. On Election Day, HPR will have updates online and on HPR-1 for federal, state and county races.
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In the 2022 midterm election, Hawaiʻi residents will vote on the next governor and lieutenant governor, and all state legislators.

Hawaiʻi is one of the nation’s most reliably blue states, with Democrats dominating federal and statewide elected offices. Joe Biden won 63% of the vote in 2020, while 34% cast ballots for Donald Trump.

The top race is the gubernatorial contest featuring Republican former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona and Lt. Gov. Josh Green, a Democrat. Aiona served as second-in-command under Hawaiʻi’s last Republican governor from 2002 to 2010 but has run unsuccessfully for governor twice since.

Meanwhile, state House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke or Seaula Tupaʻi Jr. would become the lieutenant governor under Green or Aiona, respectively.

On the federal level, Hawaiʻi has one open seat in the U.S. House because incumbent Rep. Kai Kahele decided to run for governor, losing to Green in the Democratic primary. Jill Tokuda and Joe Akana are running to represent that district, which covers the neighbor islands and much of non-urban Oʻahu.

All of Hawaiʻi’s congressional seats are expected to be safe for the incumbents, who are Democrats. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Ed Case are running for reelection. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono's next election year is 2024.

The current mayors of Kauaʻi and Maui counties — Derek Kawakami and Mike Victorino, respectively — are running for reelection. Mayoral races for Oʻahu and the Big Island are scheduled for 2024.

Voters will choose their representatives for the Hawaiʻi County Council, Maui County Council, Kauaʻi County Council, and Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 of the Honolulu City Council. Ballots in each county will also include charter amendment proposals.

At the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, elections are being held for some trustee seats.

If you just received your 2022 general election ballot in the mail, are you wondering what the county charter amendment questions mean? HPR's Sabrina Bodon breaks down how they might affect you.

HPR's daily talk show The Conversation interviewed general election candidates for some county council districts, Maui County mayor, Kauaʻi County mayor, the U.S. House of Representatives, lieutenant governor, and governor:

Interviews:

Hawaiʻi County Council District 2: Matthias Kusch | Jenn Kagiwada

Hawaiʻi first lady (not an elected position): Vivian Aiona | Jaime Green

Maui County Council (Kahului): Buddy Nobriga | Tasha Kama (incumbent)

Kauaʻi County Mayor: Derek Kawakami (incumbent) | Michael Roven Poai

Maui County Mayor: Richard "Rick" Bissen | Michael "Mike" Victorino (incumbent)

U.S. House of Representatives - District 1: Ed Case (D) (incumbent) | Conrad Kress (R)

U.S. House of Representatives - District 2: Jill Tokuda (D) | Joe Akana (R)

Lieutenant Governor: Sylvia Luke (D) | Seaula Tupa'i Jr. (declined interview) (R)

Governor: Duke Aiona (R) | Josh Green (D)

Key dates to remember:

  • Week of Oct. 17 - General election ballots start arriving in mailboxes.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Voter service centers open for same-day registration and in-person voting.
  • Monday, Oct. 31 - Final day for first-time voters to submit a paper registration application for the general election. Voters can still register online or in person at a voter service center.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 - General election voting ends at 7 p.m.

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