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Monday, October 17, 2016
Constitutional Amendments and Honolulu Charter—Pro and Con
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 11214 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

From League of Women Voters October, 2016

State Constitutional Amendments—Pro and Con

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS: A “YES” vote means you are IN FAVOR of the amendment and the State Constitution or County Charter will be changed as proposed.

A “NO” vote means you are AGAINST the amendment and the State Constitution or County Charter will not be changed as proposed. In Hawai`i, proposed constitutional amendments by the Hawai`i State Legislature must be adopted by a two-thirds vote in each chamber during a legislative session or by a majority vote of each chamber in two successive legislative sessions.

A constitutional amendment is approved by voters if two qualifications are met: (1) Yes votes receive a majority of votes cast on that particular proposal, excluding blank and over votes, AND (2) Yes votes receive at least fifty percent (50%) of the total votes cast, including blank and over votes in that election. This is known as a double majority….

read … Pro and Con

Honolulu Charter Amendments -- Pro and Con

The City Charter is Honolulu’s “Constitution.” It establishes the principles by which our city government operates. The Charter requires that the mayor and the City Council appoint a commission every ten years to review the Charter and submit proposed changes to the voters. The 2015-2016 Charter Commission reviewed 154 proposals.

Through deliberations at its public meetings, the Commission reduced the final number to 20….

To prepare for Election Day, please review the descriptions of the amendments and decide whether you would vote “Yes” or “No” on each proposal. There is a worksheet at the end of the brochure to help you remember how you would like to vote on each amendment….

read … Pro and Con

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