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1996 LWVUS Convention Action (Jean Aoki, Suzanne Meisenzahl & Jackie Parnell)
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League Testifies on City Camping Facilities
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Leaguer Cindy Spencer "Expert Witness"

Hawaiian Sovereignty Vote Count

The League of Women Voters of Honolulu has been invited to take part in the Hawaiian Sovereignty Election as monitors of the election from August 16 to August 24. The election is being held for native Hawaiians to determine whether the indigenous Hawaiian people wish to restore a sovereign nation of their own choosing. If the Native Hawaiian Vote is approved by the majority of the votes cast in the Native Hawaiian Vote, a special election of Hawaiian delegates to a convention will be held.

The League of Women Voters of Honolulu has no position on the question of Hawaiian Sovereignty, nor is it in support or opposition to this election. We are contracting with the Hawaiian Sovereignty Election Council to monitor the process by which this election is being held.

As with all other elections the League has conducted and/or monitored, our concerns about this vote count are the same: that all eligible voters are given the right to cast a ballot, that the secrecy of the ballot is ensured, that the counting of the ballots is fairly and accurately done, and that the ballots are protected at all times.


Other than the coordinating effort which has already begun, four League volunteers will be needed on August 16 to monitor the ballot pick-up from the downtown post office at 8:00 a.m., and follow the transport to the site. Two volunteers will be needed at the work site from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to monitor and help with the removal of ballot envelopes from return envelopes, and service "challenges", invalids" and "voids".

Six volunteers are needed daily on Aug. 17 and 18, and Aug. 20 to 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the work site, to service and monitor all the ballot removals and prepare them for the count.

Counting will be accomplished on the 23rd and 24th of August. We will require at least six volunteers on each day to monitor the process and to conduct random manual counts.

With the dearth of vote count activities scheduled for this year, we need this event to replenish our treasury. Remember, we earn income to keep up with the work of the League as well as accomplish a much needed public service. Please call the office and VOLUNTEER:

Arlene Kim Ellis
Vote Count Coordinator

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