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Deadline approaches to vote for delegates in Native Hawaiian constitutional convention

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The deadline is quickly approaching for Native Hawaiians to vote for delegates that will represent the community at a constitutional convention.

"This is an historic election for Hawaiians to determine if a reorganized Hawaiian government will be formed," said Kuhio Asam, president of Nai Aupuni, the nonprofit group guiding the election, convention and ratification process. "The candidates in this election are diverse in their ages, backgrounds and purpose. They are representative of a good cross-section of the Native Hawaiian community, and we encourage all Hawaiians to participate and vote."

Native Hawaiians will decide if they want to take a step toward self-determination by setting up their own government. More than 200 people are running for 40 delegate spots.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 15.

The convention, or aha, will be held on Oahu and will run between February and April 2016. If the delegates create a governing document, a ratification vote will take place, according to Nai Aupuni.

Here's the timeline for the remaining steps leading up to the aha:

  • Oct. 15: Voter registration ends.
  • Nov. 1: Ballots for election of delegates sent to certified voters. Voting begins.
  • Nov. 30: Delegate voting ends and ballots must be received by this day.
  • Dec. 1: Results of election of 'aha delegates announced publicly.

To register to vote, click here.

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