Chair Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair Joy A San Buenaventura, and Committee Members:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii strongly supports SB 243 HD1 that clarifies that in the event of a natural disaster, the chief election officer or county clerk prior to the day of election has the authority to determine whether to postpone or vote by absentee ballot in an election affected by the natural disaster, and that authorizes the governor on the day of election and thereafter to determine whether to postpone or vote by absentee ballot in an election affected by the natural disaster unless the governor is a candidate for office in that election.
The League of Women Voters strongly supports SB 243 SD1, which, as it states, adds clarity to how elections are to be handled at times of natural disaster. This bill clearly amends Section 11 - 92.3, Hawaii Revised Statutes so that key decision-makers can either postpone an election or require voters to vote by absentee ballot.
We urge you to pass this bill and thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony.