COVID-19 Updates

by Bart DameMar 18th, 2020

UPDATED 2020-03-20 13:15 HST

Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi [2020-03-20 13:15 HST]

As we navigate this unprecedented situation, I wanted to personally share more about what we're doing to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Party-run Presidential Primary (PPP)

Today we canceled plans for walk-in voting on April 4th, 2020. Instead, we will add another round of mailed ballots which will allow all those who are registered to vote and enrolled in the Party by April 4th, 2020, to vote in the Party-run Presidential Primary. We are working with our vendor, the DNC, and our Party leadership to be able to provide additional updates on deadlines. In the meantime, we urge everyone who has received, or will be receiving a ballot, to cast their vote and mail it back.

State Convention

The State Convention is being rescheduled from May 23-24, 2020, to the weekend of September 5-6, 2020. We are currently working with our vendor and the DNC on a way to select our delegates which does not involve meeting in person. The Convention Committee is in negotiations with the hotel and are working to adjust dates and deadlines as needed through the SCC. More information will be provided as plans are solidified.

County Conventions

County Conventions are being postponed, cancelled, or county Party business is being conducted by other means. Your counties will let you know what their plans are as soon as they are able.


The Party headquarters is closed as of Friday, March 20, 2020, all employees are telecommuting until further notice.

We will not be scheduling any additional in person meetings and are asking for all currently scheduled meetings to be reassessed. The SCC meeting for April 18, 2020 will be held but will be conducted entirely through teleconference.

If you are a caucus or committee chair we are advising you not to congregate and to meet using video/teleconferencing if necessary.

In these times, the only centainty is that there is uncentainty. Stay safe, take care of one another, and stay tuned for future updates regarding our plans.

Kate Stanley

Interim State Chair

Bart Dame [2020-03-18 19:00 HST]

Due to the growing threat from the coronavirus, the Democratic Party has been forced to cancel walk-in voting for the Democratic Presidential primary, previously scheduled for April 4th at 21 voting centers across the state.

In order to ensure that Hawaiʻi voters have an opportunity to participate, Party leaders have proposed to the DNC that we be allowed to accept new membership applications from registered voters and send them a mail-in ballot. While our party is pushing hard for this option, we have not yet reached an agreement with the DNC on how long the deadline for voting should be extended.

I have a great deal of confidence that people who register to vote AND join the Democratic Party will receive a ballot by mail and be able to vote. Because we do not know how long this possibility will be available, we encourage people to urge their friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers to go register to vote and join the Party ASAP.

If you have questions about the voting process, please check out Our Voting Guide