11-1 Definitions. Whenever used in this title, the words and phrases in this title shall, unless the same is inconsistent with the context, be construed as follows:

"Ballot", a ballot including an absentee ballot is a written or printed, or partly written and partly printed paper or papers containing the names of persons to be voted for, the office to be filled, and the questions or issues to be voted on. A ballot may consist of one or more cards or pieces of paper, or one face of a card or piece of paper, or a portion of the face of a card or piece of paper, depending on the number of offices, candidates to be elected thereto, questions or issues to be voted on, and the voting system in use. It shall also include the face of the mechanical voting machine when arranged with cardboard or other material within the ballot frames, containing the names of the candidates and questions to be voted on.

"Chief election officer", the individual appointed by the elections commission pursuant to section 11-1.6 to supervise state elections.

"Clerk", the county clerks of the respective counties.

"County", the counties of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, and the city and county of Honolulu, as the context may require. For the purposes of this title, the county of Kalawao shall be deemed to be included in the county of Maui.

"Election", all elections, primary, special primary, general, special general, special, or county, unless otherwise specifically stated.

"Election officials", precinct officials and other persons designated as officials by the chief election officer.

"Hawaiian", any descendant of the aboriginal peoples inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands which exercised sovereignty and subsisted in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, and which peoples thereafter have continued to reside in Hawaii.

"Office", an elective public office.

"Political party" or "party", a political party qualified under part V of this chapter.

"Precinct", the smallest political subdivision established by law.

"Primary", a preliminary election in which the voters nominate candidates for office as provided for in chapter 12.

"Runoff election" means any single election required by county charters preceded by an election that failed to elect a candidate.

"Service bureau" means a firm registered to do business in the State and whose principal business is furnishing data processing services.

"Special election", any single election required by law when not preceded by an election to nominate those candidates whose names appear on the special election ballot.

"Special primary election" and "special general election", elections held only (a) whenever any vacancy occurs in the offices of United States senator, United States representative, state senator, or state representative because of failure to elect a person at an uncontested general election or (b) as specified in county charters.

"Voter", any person duly registered to vote.

"Voter turnout", means the total number of voters at an election as determined by the number of ballot cards tabulated by the computer or of paper ballots counted by the precinct officials. When there is more than one ballot card issued to each voter, "voter turnout" means the total count of the alpha ballot card with the highest number of cards tabulated by the computer. Ballots that are blank or ballots that are rejected for any reason shall be included in the count of the total number of voters.

"Voting system", the use of paper ballots, electronic ballot cards, voting machines, or any system by which votes are cast and counted. [L 1970, c 26, pt of 2; am L 1973, c 217, 1(a); am L 1979, c 196, 3; am L 1980, c 264, 1(a); am L 1987, c 232, 1; am L 1990, c 156, 4; am L Sp 1995, c 27, 3, 15; am L 1996, c 239, 1; am L 1998, c 22, 1; am L 1999, c 141, 3, 4; am L 2004, c 57, 7]


Case Notes


Cited: 133 H. 229 (App.), 325 P.3d 641 (2014).



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