HONOLULU — Several nonpartisan candidates for Hawaii governor have been disqualified from the ballot because no nonpartisan candidates ran for lieutenant governor.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the Hawaii state Constitution requires that the lieutenant governor be elected from the same political party as the governor. The state Supreme Court upheld that in 1996.
Attorney Aaron Schulaner of the state Office of Elections says the nonpartisan candidates’ names will still appear on the ballot but votes toward them won’t count. Voters will be given a notice about their status.
Candidates Misty Davis, Khis Dejean Caldwell and Richard Morse have been disqualified. Joseph Spatola voluntarily withdrew from the race.
Spatola says the state law unfairly favors Democrats and Republicans. He says the current system will keep the formal parties in power.