Hawaii 8/11 Primary: At a Glance


One of the bluer states, Hawaii’s primary is shaping up to be quite intense with large fields of candidates running. Here’s the 411 on the upcoming election.

Hawaii has its statewide primary election on Saturday, August 11. If you’re a voter in Hawaii, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Hawaii Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting dates: July 30 – August 9
Absentee voting info here

Hawaii Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• All 2 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +32 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (D)
>>> State Senate 25 (D) – 0 (R)
>>> State House 46 (D) – 5 (R)

Key Races

The sitting governor, David Ige (D), is seeking re-election. The Democrats have a large field of candidates running in the primary. The Democratic candidates are:

David Ige (incumbent) – website
Ernest Caravalho – website
Colleen Hanabusa – website
Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a – no website
Richard Kim – website
Van Tanabe – no website

Both House seats are expected to remain in Democrats’ hands, but both races are seeing a large field of candidates in the primaries. You can see a list of who is running in the primaries here.

The incumbent, Democrat Mazie Hirono, is running for re-election. She is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Mazie Hirono – website

13 of the 25 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 51 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Hawaii Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Hawaii Democrats.

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