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Results of Consensus on Primary Elections

At the February 20th meeting of the Executive Committee of the State Board, consensus results from the three local Leagues regarding the question of a presidential primary and a Board of Education primary were considered and a finding was submitted to the full Board. The committee finding, with which the Board concurred, was that there was no clear consensus on a presidential primary, but that there was a clear consensus in support of holding a primary election for the Board of Education.

With respect to a presidential primary in Hawai'i, there were a large number of members in favor of such a primary. There were many who opposed it, however, because of the additional expense and the feeling that choosing a candidate is a party responsibility. They also felt that a primary was not necessarily an improvement over the current system.

With respect to a primary for Board of Education, the following position has been adopted:


In coming to this position, members agreed that a primary is a reasonable way to reduce the number of candidates running in the general election and will enable the voters to learn more about the candidates and consider their views more thoroughly. Although the cost of an additional election is a consideration, members feel the importance of education justifies the cost.

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