Special election for open City Council District 4 seat to be held Saturday April 13
Residents from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki mark your calendars, the special election for the open Honolulu City Council District 4 seat will be held on Saturday, April 13th.
"We are confident that the procedure we are undertaking to address these issues do meet the requirements of the City charter," Honolulu City Councilmember Ron Menor said.
According to the City Clerk, voters can expect their ballots to arrive in the mail by the last week of March.
It's reminding voters on O'ahu to mail in their ballots at least three days prior to the polls closing to make sure their votes are received and counted.
Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters will be the only candidates on the ballot.
"I have confidence in the elections we've conducted in the past and that we will continue to conduct in the future going forward," Governor David Ige said.
Governor Ige issued the proclamation needed to allow the special election to happen.
Aside from voting by mail, residents will be able to walk in vote at Honolulu Hale starting on April 1st up until the poll closes at 6 p.m. on the 13th.
As for the April date, the City saying it scheduled the special election as soon as it could.
"The seat is unfilled right now so certainly we want to do it in a most expedient time possible," Honolulu City Clerk Glen Takahashi said.
"The City Council has been very concerned trying to find a way to conduct business with eight members," Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi said.
The City Council will be looking to appoint a 9th member to temporarily fill the District 4 seat by next week, until the special election is over.
There are roughly 66,000 registered voters in the District and the City estimates the do-over to cost about $250,000.