Why does UHPA get involved with political endorsements?

Mention the term, “political endorsements” to some faculty, and you may get a virulent reaction. These faculty may believe we should not have to stoop to being involved with such dirty, messy processes.

Unfortunately, that may be the same reason many in Hawaii do not actively engage in the political process and voter turnout remains low, even with our state’s change to mail-in ballots. Some may see the political process as a waste of time and not worthy of their time and attention. They willingly relinquish their rights to those who are willing to dive into the process. Unfortunately, this means many do not have a say in who leads our state or makes decisions that directly impact faculty. It’s a vicious cycle that leads to more disenchantment with the political system.

Rationale for Political Endorsements

Faculty, of all voters, should understand and appreciate the rationale for political endorsements. UHPA carefully reviews and vets candidates to determine who is willing to listen and understand the perspectives of UH faculty. Our Political Endorsement Committee now includes members of UHPA’s board of directors to ensure broad representation of views in endorsement recommendations that are presented for a vote before the full board.

Endorsements are important to candidates. They count on endorsements from credible organizations because it shows they have the substantial backing— either financial support, volunteer campaign support, and ultimately, voter support—to win in their respective race. When others see this, they also want to support a winning candidate.

Improving Favorable Outcomes

Supporting candidates that are supportive of UH faculty is no guarantee of getting what we need, but it enhances our ability to be heard on critical issues and improves our likelihood of having outcomes favorable for faculty.

Five Ways to Be a Part of the Political Process

You can play a key role in stopping elected government officials from making uninformed decision-making that have negative consequences for faculty. Here are five ways faculty can be a part of the political process:

  1. Just getting through your own set of challenges within your department and managing your own priorities can be challenging enough as a UH faculty member. Rise to the challenge of becoming engaged with our external political environment—all the things that affect the UH outside of the UH.
  2. Be informed about who is introducing or advocating for policies or practices that support or harm UH faculty. The UHPA team is also doing the same and chances are you will have the same views for political endorsements.
  3. Feel free to discuss this within you Primary Academic Unit (PAU) so that it can be rolled up for discussion at the Faculty Forum. Your input may be enlightening or confirm what others may also feel about prospective candidates.
  4. Consider becoming actively involved in supporting candidates. This could be sign waving, being involved with their fundraisers, or other activities that a candidate may require support.
  5. Vote. Complete the endorsement process by voting for the candidate. Imagine if every UHPA member voted and all supported a candidate. That would be more than 3,500 votes that could push them way ahead of an opposing candidate.

 

Political Party Organizing is Underway in Hawai‘i

Democratic Party Precinct Meetings

The Precinct meetings, where the election of Precinct & District officers as well as the delegates to State & County Conventions, will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at various locations across the state. You will be able to find a complete listing of those locations on the Party’s website www.hawaiidemocrats.org in January 2020 as well as in the ads that will run on Sunday, February 9, 2020 in your county’s paper of record.

Democratic Party Presidential Preference Polls (PPP)

All members of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i will be able to vote by mail in the Party-run Presidential Primary as noted below:
If someone is an enrolled member of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i (which you can do on-line at www.hawaiidemocrats.org/join and a registered voter in the state of Hawaii (https://olvr.hawaii.gov) by February 18, 2020 a ballot will be mailed to your house.
A second mailing will be done after March 8, 2020 only for those who join between Feb. 19 & March 8, 2020
Anyone that joins after March 8, 2020 will be required to go to a polling location on April 4, 2020 (see recommendation below)
It is recommended that if you have your ballot in your possession on April 1, 2020 (March 30, 2020 for rural areas) that you drop your ballot off at one of the polling sites, as all ballots must be received by 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020 to be counted.)

Republican Party

The Republican Party has forgone any Precinct Meetings or Presidential Preference Poll for the 2020 election cycle. Should you have any questions here is their party website (https://www.gophawaii.com/).

Green Party

The Green Party has not listed any information regarding meetings for 2020. Should you have any questions here is their party website (https://www.greenpartyofhawaii.org/).

Register to Vote – ALL MAIL VOTING

Hawai‘i is now an all mail-in voting state. Make sure you are registered to vote at this link.  We will continue to update you.

UHPA Endorsement

Governor Ige

Colleen Hanabusa’s Mahalo to Our Brothers & Sisters in Labor

Mahalo, everyone! Donʻt forget to vote!

A special message from Colleen Hanabusa to say MAHALO to our brothers and sisters in labor for all their support with Hanabusa for Governor campaign.

UHPA Invites You to Join the Rally for Hanabusa

Please Join us on Thursday, July 19, 2018, Kalani High School, 6-8 pm See You There!!

Register to Vote at Walk In Polling

Reminder: The deadline to register to vote online is this Thursday, July 12th.  It is very simple and easy to do.  Simply visit the link below to begin.  You can also request a mail ballot or update your voter registration all online.

Same-Day Registration and Voting Available in the Upcoming Elections

In the 2012 elections, Hawaii’s voter turnout was just 44.5%, the lowest of all the states in the nation. In 2016, Hawaii earned the dubious distinction once again with only 43% of Hawaii’s eligible voters casting a ballot. By contrast, that year Minnesota had the highest turnout at 74.8% and the overall national turnout of eligible voters was 60.2%.

To improve voter participation, in 2014 Hawaii became the 12th state in the nation to adopt a same-day registration policy to allow residents to register on the day they go to the polls. This is the first election year that Hawaii is having same-day registration.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can register up until the day the Primary Election on August 11, 2018. The polls are open from 7 am to 6 pm.

Early Voting

If you do not plan to be in Hawaii on the day of the Primary Election, you can vote early.

Deadline to submit mail ballot request: August 4, 2018 (seven days prior to election)
Early walk-in voting: July 30 – August 9, 2018

Vote Early

Any registered voter may request a mail ballot or cast their vote at an early walk-in location within their county. Click here for a list of walk-in early locations.

Mail-in ballot

To get a mail ballot, simply download, complete and submit a voter registration and permanent absentee application online. Click here for to download the PDF.

You can expect to receive your absentee ballot in the mail 20 days prior to the election, which means it should be in your mailbox any day now, if you’ve already registered. Your ballot must be submitted back to the State of Hawaii’s Office of Elections before the polls close at 6 pm for both the primary and general elections.

Vote for Those Who Support Faculty

UHPA has publicly endorsed a number of candidates who are running in this year’s election because of their track record of support for higher education and faculty. Please consider voting for these candidates:

Governor: Colleen Hanabusa
Lieutenant Governor: Jill Tokuda
Congress (1st District): Beth Fukumoto

Hawaii State Legislators – House

House District 3: Rep. Richard Onishi (Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano)
House District 7: David Tarnas (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala)
House District 9: Rep. Justin Woodsen (Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani)
House District 23: Dale Kobayashi (Manoa, Punahou, University, Moiliili)
House District 25: Rep. Sylvia Luke (Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa)
House District 26: Rep. Scott Saiki (McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown)
House District 31: Rep. Aaron Johanson (Moanalua, Red Hill, Foster Village, Aiea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua Gardens, Aliamanu, Lower Pearlridge)
House District 36: Dean Hazama (Mililani Mauka, Mililani)
House District 48: Lisa Kitagawa (Kaneohe, Kahaluu, Waiahole)
House District 49: Scot Matayoshi (Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana)

Hawaii State Legislators – Senate

Senate District 4: Heather Kimball (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona)
Senate District 7: Kalani English (Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe)
Senate District 19: Alicia Maluafiti (‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ‘Ewa Villages)
Senate District 24: Jarrett Keohokalole (Kane‘ohe, MCBH, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu)

View UHPA’s endorsements of these candidates.

Colleen Hanabusa for Governor

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly’s board of directors unanimously voted in favor of endorsing Colleen Hanabusa for governor and officially notified her campaign today. UHPA’s political endorsement committee had recommended Hanabusa to the board for consideration.

“Our endorsement was based on input from faculty as well as Colleen’s solid track record of support for public higher education in Hawaii,” said Lynne Wilkens, president of the UHPA board of directors. “We need a governor who is predictable, driven by consistent values, decisive, collaborative, and has the integrity to keep promises — all of the qualities that Colleen has demonstrated during her years as a leader in the legislature and in Congress.”

In the letter of endorsement to Hanabusa, Wilkens noted that affordable housing, quality child care and elder care, and the cost of living consistently top the list of critical issues raised by UH faculty. These concerns are directly linked to the ability to recruit and retain quality faculty to teach and conduct research at the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses statewide.

Wilkens also noted the UH has been an economic engine for Hawaii, with faculty members attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding from national sources that create local jobs and the development of practical solutions to pressing issues in the state.

“We believe it is important to maintain this diversity of funding sources to ensure our faculty-led research programs remain resilient to economic challenges and not solely dependent upon state support,” she said.

UHPA Endorses Colleen Hanabusa, for Governor

UHPA endorsement is based on faculty input as well as her solid track record of support for public higher education in Hawai‘i.  We agreed we need a governor who is predictable, driven by consistent values, decisive, collaborative and has the integrity to keep promises.  Concerns such as affordable housing, quality child care and elder care and the cost of living are directly linked to the ability to recruit and retain quality faculty.  The UH Faculty has been an economic engine for our state, attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding from national sources that create local jobs and development of practical solutions to pressing issues in our state.  Colleen Hanabusa will advocate for ensuring there are the means to build and keep quality faculty that deliver for our students and our islands.