A HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION – YES OR NO?
On November 6, 2018, the General Election ballot will contain the question, “Shall there be a convention to propose a revision of or amendments to the Constitution?”
- A “yes” vote supports holding a constitutional convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution.
- A “no” vote opposes holding a constitutional convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution.
Here is a listing of resources to become informed on this important question:
• Hawaiian Affairs Caucus/‘ŌleloVote Informed: Several Native Hawaiian leaders share their perspective on the pros and cons of a constitutional convention. Panelists include: Mr. Jacob Aki, Mr. Ikaika Hussey, Ms. Lei Kihoi, Dr. Jonathan Osorio, and Ms. Mahealani Wendt.
Broadcast on ‘Ōlelo Channel 49 on the following dates and times: 10/23 at 5:30 PM, 10/24 at 10:30 PM, 10/25 at 8:00 AM, and 10/27 at 12:00 PM. Also, the broadcast can be found on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYoyCFqjRnM.
• CNHA: Con-Con discussion from the 17th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention with Former Governor Neil Abercrombie and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa can be found on the CNHA Facebook page www.facebook.com/hawaiiancouncil
• Citizen’s Jury: A jury of 18 Hawaii voters who met on three occasions to discuss the pros and cons of a Hawaii State Constitution. At the last meeting, panelists deliberated amongst themselves and articulated the primary reasons for both supporting and opposing the Constitutional Convention and listed the generally agreed-upon facts about the issue. As a final step, participants voted in a straw poll whether they support or oppose holding a Constitutional Convention. The results of those meetings and supporting materials can be found at: http://www.publicpolicycenter.hawaii.edu/projects-programs/con-con-citizens-jury.html.
• The Hawaii State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse: https://hawaii.concon.info contains articles, events and so much more concerning the pros and cons of a Hawaii State Constitutional Convention.