NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
OFFICE OF ELECTIONS
STATE OF HAWAII
Notice is given that the Chief Election Officer, under the authority of section 11-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), and pursuant to Chapter 91, HRS, will hold a public hearing at the following time and location:
May 24, 2017
Kakuhihewa Videoconference Center
Kakuhihewa State Office Building
601 Kamokila Boulevard, Room 167B
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Videoconferencing will be made available at the following locations:
Hilo Videoconference Center
Hilo State Office Building
75 Aupuni Street, Basement
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Wailuku Videoconference Center
Wailuku State Office Building
54 South High Street, 3rd Floor
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Lihue Videoconference Center
Lihue State Office Building
3060 Eiwa Street, Basement
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
If, for technical reasons, a video connection cannot be made and/or is disrupted, the hearing will continue. Those persons unable to testify by videoconference will still be able to submit written testimony.
The Chief Election Officer proposes a new administrative rule, HAR § 3-172-71.1, to address the methodology for ordering ballots. Additionally, he proposes an amendment to an existing administrative rule, HAR § 3-172-99, to clarify how ballots will be counted if a voter votes on a ballot that contains contests that the voter is not eligible to vote on. Finally, as these proposed changes will be made to chapter 3-172, Hawaii Administrative Rules, the chapter will need to be compiled.
All interested persons wishing to testify on the proposed rule and/or the proposed rule amendment should submit written testimony to the Chief Election Officer, at least twenty-four hours prior to the hearing. Written testimony may be submitted by facsimile to (808) 453-6006, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by mail to Office of Elections, 802 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782, or by delivering the written testimony in person to the Office of Elections.
Any person submitting written testimony on the day of the hearing shall furnish ten copies of such testimony to the Chief Election Officer’s staff.
The Chief Election Officer may impose a time limit for each person presenting testimony at the hearing.
In addition, or in lieu of written testimony, any person may file with the Chief Election Officer within two days following the close of the public hearing a written protest or other comments or recommendations in support of or in opposition to the proposed rule making. Such persons shall notify the Chief Election Officer at the time of the hearing that they intend to file written materials after the hearing. The period for filing written protests, comments, or recommendations may be extended by the Chief Election Officer for good cause.
A copy of the proposed rule and the proposed rule amendment, as part of the proposed amendment and compilation of chapter 3-172, Hawaii Administrative Rules, will be available to be reviewed in person between the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (excluding holidays or other days that the office is legally closed), at the Office of Elections, 802 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782, through the day the public hearing is held.
A copy of the proposed rule and the proposed rule amendment, as part of the proposed amendment and compilation of chapter 3-172, Hawaii Administrative Rules, will be mailed to any interested person who requests a copy and pays the required fees for the copy and the postage. A requestor may, in lieu of paying postage, pick up the copy in person at the Office of Elections by paying the applicable copying cost of ten cents per page.
Requests may be made by calling the Office of Elections at 453-8683 or 1-800-442-8683 (neighbor islands), or by asking in person at the Office of Elections. In addition, requests may be made in writing by submitting the request by facsimile to 453-6006, by email to email@example.com, or by mail to Office of Elections, 802 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782.
The request should include the name, address, and telephone number of the requestor. Contact information will be used by the Office of Elections to inform requestors of applicable fees for copy and postage. Upon receipt of payment the rules will be mailed to the requestor.
The proposed rule and the proposed rule amendment, as part of the proposed amendment and compilation of chapter 3-172, Hawaii Administrative Rules, are also available at the Office of Elections’ website at http://elections.hawaii.gov and the Lieutenant Governor’s website at http://ltgov.hawaii.gov.
Any person(s) with a disability desiring special accommodations should contact the Office of Elections at least ten days before the scheduled public hearing.