Hawaiʻi voter guide: Here's what to know about the 2022 election
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.
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:
Lieutenant Governor: Sylvia Luke (D) | Seaula Tupa'i Jr. (declined interview) (R)
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.
Voter resources and important links:
- Register to vote or check if you are registered. You can also call 808-453-VOTE or toll-free 800-442-VOTE from the neighbor islands.
- Track your ballot with BallotTrax
- Unsure which races you're voting in? Input your address to find out.
- Find a voter service center or ballot drop box
- Kauaʻi County Elections Division
- City and County of Honolulu Elections Division
- Maui County Elections Division
- Hawaiʻi County Elections Division
The court ruled that Alice Lee received a majority of the votes cast in the Maui County Council election in November. A group of plaintiffs, including her opponent, had filed a lawsuit to challenge the results after Lee claimed the Wailuku seat by 513 votes. HPR's Sabrina Bodon reports.
Lawmakers will see a 'clean elections' proposal next week, at the start of the state legislative session.
Eight of the nine members of the Maui County Council were sworn into office on Monday, but the fate of the last seat is up in the air. A group of election challengers, including the runner-up to incumbent Alice Lee, claim officials did not properly notify more than 800 voters about deficient ballots. HPR's Sabrina Bodon reports.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees has reelected Maui Trustee Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey as its chair. All nine members of the board were inducted last week at an investiture ceremony at Kawaiahaʻo Church.
As part of an ongoing project with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History, we bring you voices from Hawaiʻi’s history centered around a different theme each month. Stay tuned for more.
Each county had between three and 15 charter amendment questions on their general election ballot. Only two proposals across all four counties did not pass — one on Oʻahu and one on Kauaʻi. HPR’s Sabrina Bodon reviews the outcomes.
The Conversation talked politics with two longtime analysts: Star-Advertiser columnist and veteran journalist Richard Borreca, and former Midweek politics columnist and retired history professor Dan Boylan. They discussed the winners and losers, and the campaigns ahead.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs held elections for six seats on its Board of Trustees during this general election.