Publicly funded elections, SB1543, has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 5th at 2pm!
Mahalo to all from across the islands for the hard work and persistence. It’s time now to double-down, provide supportive testimony, and pass the word to friends and neighbors.
If you believe that corporate and special interest money should stay out of politics – your testimony is critically important.
Go here to the Capitol Website to testify: https://bit.ly/3nx67Af
Your testimony can be as simple as “Please pass SB1543” or add whatever additional information as to why this is important to you – that comes to mind/heart.
When passed into law, SB1543 will establish a comprehensive system of public financing for all candidates seeking election to state and county public offices.
SB1543 will create an even playing field for candidates and refocus elections back to the needs of the people and not just the needs of those who donate the most.
This measure is a top priority of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, is strongly supported by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and many other community leaders working to reduce the influence of big money on Hawaiʻi elections.
The States of Maine and Connecticut have successfully implemented similar public funding systems with positive results that include increased voter turnout, greater electoral competition, more women candidates, and in general more diversity.
This is one of those bills that’s truly important and represents systemic change. Some call publicly funded elections “The reform that makes all other reforms possible.”
Please take the time to submit your testimony now, today, and prior to 2pm tomorrow Tuesday, April 4th. Late testimony is better than no testimony but if can – submit something NOW.
Every call and email is important, regardless from which island it is coming from. Please remember – short, to the point, courteous and professional, and TODAY.
Called and emailed. Urge everyone reading to do the same. Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t heard anything from our Hawai’i Clean Elections since the 30th.