Gabbard Among 12 Presidential Candidates on Party-Run Ballot

January 23, 2020, 7:14 AM HST · Updated January 23, 7:24 AM
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Tusli Gabbard is among a list of 12 candidates that will appear on the Democratic Party of Hawaii Party-run Presidential Primary ballot.

The list of candidates inlcude:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Joe Biden
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • John Delaney
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Deval Patrick
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

One additional campaign, Kamala Harris, filed paperwork to appear on the ballot but later asked that her name be withdrawn.

All candidates that made the cut filed paperwork prior to the Jan. 22, 2020 deadline.

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The Democratic Party announced the list of candidates on Wednesday evening, saying they anticipate an unprecedented number of voters to return ballots due to the mail-in voting process.

To vote in the Democratic Party-run Presidential Primary, individuals must be registered voters with the State of Hawai‘i and members of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and be 18-years-old by the General Election on Nov. 3, 2020.

To receive an early ballot in the mail, the deadline to register to vote and enroll in the party is February 18. The final deadline to receive a ballot in the mail is March 8.  In-person voting and same day registration options will be provided on April 4 on each island from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Election day results will be announced on April 4, 2020.

“This year’s Presidential election is critical, and Hawaiʻi Democratic voters will have an important role to play in selecting the party’s national nominee,” said Kate Stanley, Democratic Party of Hawai‘i Interim Chair.

Voting will be conducted with ranked choice ballots, allowing voters to list their preferred candidates from 1 to 3. Each ballot will only count for one candidate, but rankings will allow voters whose first-choice candidate is below the 15 percent threshold to have their subsequent candidate be tallied. This provides mail-in voters the most similar experience to what takes place at a traditional caucus when their first choice is not viable.

In order to receive a delegate from Hawai’i to the Democratic National Convention, a presidential candidate must receive 15 percent of the total count within a Congressional District.

Democratic National Convention delegates who are pledged to those candidates will be selected at the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i State Convention to be held May 23 and 24, 2020 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Separately, the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i Precinct, District, County and State Conventions Delegate Elections will take place on March 4, 2020, at locations around the state.

Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi Interim Chair Kate Stanley announces the Presidential candidates who will appear on the Hawaiʻi ballot. PC: Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi / Facebook

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