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President's Message
Convention (Mary Anne Raywid)
Con Con 2010 - Yes or No? (Jean Aoki)
Newly-Elected 2007 State Board (JoAnn Maruoka)
Traveler's Alert (Grace Furukawa)
Fundraiser Proposal for League (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Elections News (Jean Aoki)
Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (Grace Furukawa & Judy Rantala)
Contributors to Our 2007 Non-Event
At the Legislature (Jean Aoki & JoAnn Maruoka)
Vetoes and Veto Overrides (Jean Aoki, JoAnn Maruoka & Jackie Parnell)
Design a Non-Event Fundraiser!
Chapter Reports - Hawaii (Leilani Bronson-Crelly & Sue Dursin)
Chapter Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Chapter Reports - Kauai (Carol Bain)

Elections News

Rex Quidilla was reappointed Interim Chief Elections officer at the May 10th meeting of the Elections Commission. He will serve until a permanent CEO is found.

Plans are to advertise for applicants for this position. For this purpose, the job description of the Chief Elections Officer as presented by an ad hoc committee appointed for this purpose was adopted with some amendments. Our concern is that the whole process will take some time, and we are about 16 months away from the Primary Election. Unless someone very familiar with the elections process and the laws is hired for this position, it does not leave much time for learning in time to oversee the work that intensifies as we near Election Day.

Rex and Scott Nago, Counting Center Coordinator, made a power point presentation of the kinds of voting systems and machines available, Hawaii's history on the use of the various systems, and the companies who might be interested in responding to the state's Request For Proposals (RFP). We are reassured that the preliminary work has been done and that as soon as the interim Chief Elections Officer, together with the County elections officers, make a decision on the type of voting machine or machines to use, the RFPs for the leasing of these machines will go out to vendors.

The search for a permanent chair for the commission goes on, and if anyone has suggestions for a good candidate, please let us know so we can pass them on. A strong candidate would have to be someone who is not actively involved with any political party, accepts the critical importance of fair elections that are accessible to all, and is able to view each issue objectively and independently while working to build a consensus among the commissioners.

For League's testimony at the March 1 Elections Commission Meeting, go to our website, www.lwv-hawaii.com, and click on reports and then on Elections Commission Testimony.

Jean Aoki

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