Saturday, April 20, 2024

It's Official: Kennedy Will Be On Hawaii's Ballot In November


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign scored a major victory on Friday, as his new political party, We The People, will appear on Hawaii's general election ballot. 

This is the result of a Friday ruling that blocked an effort by Democrats in the Aloha State to disqualify his ballot access. Hearings officer Aaron Schulaner issues the ruling, which stated that an objection filed by the Democratic Party of Hawaii "did not meet its burden of proof in this case."

In February, the Kennedy campaign announced that its supporters collected more than three times the required 862 signatures to establish the "We The People" party in Hawaii.

Kim Haine, chair of the State Central Committee of We The People, said in a statement, "The Hawaii Office of Elections delivered a very fair and thoughtful decision today in favor of our grassroots, We The People Hawaii. I'm so proud of how our officers and volunteers represented Hawaii in this real-life David vs. Goliath legal challenge."

This victory comes in the DNC's first attempt to remove the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket from the ballot in a state. It is the third overall legal victory for the Kennedy campaign, as it also won signature deadline battles in Utah and Idaho.

Paul Rossi, the Kennedy campaign Senior Ballot Access Attorney, said in a statement, "Friday's ruling is another legal victory for the Kennedy campaign. Our all-volunteer leadership in Hawaii defeated the Democratic Party's staff and legal team. Yesterday we proved the DNC is not invincible. We can defeat their challenges and win this election."

This means now that the Kennedy-Shanahan ticket is officially on the ballot in three states, Hawaii, Utah, and Michigan. It has collected enough signatures for ballot access in six more states - New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, and Iowa.

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