STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1064

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 560

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Government Reform, to which was referred S.B. No. 560 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RANKED CHOICE VOTING,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to establish ranked choice voting for special federal elections and special elections of vacant county council seats.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Common Cause Hawaii, FairVote Action, Young Progressives Demanding Action, Green Party of Hawaii, Americans for Democratic Action, and fourteen individuals.

 

Your Committee finds that ranked choice voting is a method of voting that allows voters to rank their choice of candidates based on preference from favorite to least favorite. Your Committee believes that implementing ranked choice voting in special elections for federal and county council offices may demonstrate that this method of voting can ensure fairer, more efficient, and more diverse elections.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Government Reform that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 560, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 560, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Reform,

 

 

 

 

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ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair