Charter amendment: Honolulu voters to weigh in on term limits


Voters won’t just be deciding political races in November.

Also on the general election ballot, voters will find two proposed constitutional amendments adopted during the Twenty-Eighth Legislature’s Regular Sessions of 2015 and 2016, as well as proposed charter amendment questions for individual counties.

Voters in Honolulu will be asked 20 charter amendment questions. Click here to view the full list.

“A lot of these amendments are worded not well. They are worded pretty complicatedly, so I urge voters to go look at the amendments before you go into the voting booth,” said political analyst John Hart.

Proposed charter amendment No. 15 has to do with term limits: Should the term limit for the prosecuting attorney, the mayor and the councilmembers be three consecutive four-year terms?

Here’s what you need to know:

A “yes” vote would mean the mayor and city council can run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of only two. That means these elected officials could be in office for up to 12 years. It would also set limits on the number of times the city prosecutor can hold office to three four-year terms. Right now, there are no limits on how long an elected official can hold that position.

A “no” vote would keep things the same as they are now: two terms for city council and the mayor, and no term-limit restrictions for the prosecuting attorney.

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