STAND. COM. REP. NO. 720
President of the Senate
State of Hawaii
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require a recount of votes if a margin of victory for an election contest or a tabulation for a ballot measure is equal to or less than one hundred votes or one-half of one per cent of the votes cast, whichever is greater.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the League of Women Voters of Hawaii, the Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and one individual.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Office of Elections and the County Clerk of the County of Kauai.
Your Committee finds that this measure will facilitate the accurate tabulation of votes.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Extending the deadline for the completion and public announcement of the results of a mandatory vote recount to seventy-two hours after the closing of polls on election day;
(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 216, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 216, S.D. 2.
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair