Nonpartisan Candidates in Partisan Contests
To appear on the general election ballot, nonpartisan candidates running in partisan elections must meet one of the following qualifications:
- Method 1: receive at least 10% of the votes cast for the office.
- Method 2: receive a vote equal to or greater than the lowest vote received by the partisan candidate who was nominated.
If more nonpartisan candidates qualify to run in the general election than there are seats available, then the nonpartisan candidate who receives the most votes will appear on the general election ballot. For complete information, please refer to HRS §12-41(b).
The following is a sample election contest depicting how a nonpartisan candidate moves on to the general election:
Method 1 Calculation
1,915 votes x 10% = 191.5 or 192 votes required
Neither nonpartisan candidate qualified under this method.
Method 2 Calculation
Green Candidate: 50 votes
Nonpartisan Candidate A: 40 votes
Nonpartisan Candidate B: 75 votes
Nonpartisan candidate B qualifies under this method and will appear on the general election ballot.
Last Updated on March 12, 2021