HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 11-1.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (g) to read as follows:
"(g) The chief election officer [
be removed by the elections commission at any time for good cause.] is
an at-will employee. The elections commission shall provide written
notification of any removal and state the reason for the removal."
SECTION 2. Section 11-7.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Duties of the elections commission. The duties of the elections commission
(1) Hold public hearings;
(2) Investigate and hold hearings for receiving evidence of any violations and complaints;
(3) Adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91;
(4) Employ, without regard to chapter 76, a full-time
chief election officer, pursuant to section 11-1.6; [
(5) Conduct a performance evaluation of the chief election officer within two months after the date a general election is certified;
(6) Hold a public hearing on the performance of the chief election officer and consider the information gathered at the hearing in deliberations on the chief election officer's reappointment; and
(5)] (7) Advise the chief election
officer on matters relating to elections."
SECTION 3. Section 15-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) Immediately upon receipt of a
request for absentee ballot within the time limit specified in section
15-4, the clerk shall examine the records to ascertain whether [
the voter is lawfully entitled to vote as requested. [ As soon as the
printed official ballots are available,] If the clerk ascertains that
the voter is lawfully entitled to vote as requested, no earlier than thirty
days before the election, the clerk shall mail in a forwarding envelope,
or deliver in person if the voter appears at the office of the clerk, an
official ballot and other materials prescribed in section 15-6, except
that an incapacitated voter may send a representative to obtain the voter's
ballots pursuant to the rules [ promulgated] adopted by the chief
election officer[ . All requests received upon the last day specified in
section 15-4 for receipt shall be mailed to the voter requesting the same as
soon as reasonably practicable, but in no event later than twenty-four hours
after receipt thereof.]; provided that official ballots and other
materials prescribed in section 15-6 shall be mailed or delivered:
(1) To uniform military and overseas voters pursuant to section 15D-9; and
(2) No later than twenty-four hours after receipt of the request for absentee ballot for requests received on the last day specified in section 15-4."
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Chief Election Officer; Elections Commission; Evaluation; Absentee Ballot Delivery
Specifies that the Chief Election Officer is an at-will employee. Requires Elections Commission to provide notice and reason for removal of a Chief Election Officer. Requires a performance evaluation of the Chief Election Officer after a general election. Requires a public hearing on the Chief Election Officer's performance for purposes of considering reappointment. Creates a statewide standard for the distribution of absentee ballots. (HB15 CD1)
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