STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1625
RE: S.B. No. 47
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 47 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ARRANGEMENT OF CANDIDATE NAMES ON BALLOTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) That any new contract entered into by the Office of Elections for equipment or services relating to preparing ballots or counting votes include the capability to randomize the names of candidates appearing on the ballot if technologically possible;
(2) Candidate names to be randomized on individual ballots and randomly rotated across precincts; and
(3) The Office of Elections to inform voters and candidates, by a method suited for the voting system, that the names of candidates may not be in alphabetical order.
Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Office of Elections and League of Women Voters of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that research has shown that there is a positional advantage for candidates who appear first on ballots. This measure intends to address the positional advantage under existing law, which requires candidates' names to appear in alphabetical order.
(1) Requiring candidate names to be randomized on ballots to the greatest extent possible, rather than randomized on individual ballots and randomly rotated across precincts; 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 Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 47, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 47, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair