Hawaii voters will be asked who should serve out the remainder of the late Mark Takai’s term in Washington — possibly on the same day they decide who should represent the 1st Congressional District in the next term starting in January. A special winner-take-all election will most likely be held in conjunction with the Nov. 8 general election, according to the state Office of Elections. But the winner of that special election will only serve for two months — from Nov. 8 until the current session of Congress wraps up on Jan. 3, 2017. The Aug. 13 primary will go on as scheduled, as will the general election. Takai died Wednesday in Honolulu at the age of 49.
After consultation with the state Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday, the Office of Elections said it was leaning toward holding the special election the same day as the general election. It was decided that it was too soon to hold the special election on the same day as the Aug. 13 primary.
The candidate filing process for the special election will likely open shortly after the primary, but a time frame has not yet been announced.
That means it’s conceivable that the winners of the primary could also file to run in the special election thus putting their names on the ballot twice in November. Primary losers could re-file as well.