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Kennedy’s Third-Party Effort Wins First Legal Battle in Hawaii

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s third-party campaign successfully countered its first legal challenge regarding ballot access in Hawaii. 

The state’s Democratic Party aimed to disqualify Kennedy’s We the People Party from appearing on the ballot but failed to provide sufficient proof to support their claims, as stated in a recent decision by Hawaii’s Office of Elections.

This outcome marks a significant win for Kennedy’s new party, which did not use legal counsel in the dispute. 

Kim Haines, who represented the party at the hearing, expressed her dedication to the cause by emphasizing her personal stake in securing a better future for her children, despite not being a lawyer.

The hearing unfolded on Zoom and saw its share of procedural confusion. 

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Haines, along with Michael Moskowitz who also defended the party, navigated through the legal proceedings with guidance from hearing officer Aaron Schulaner. 

This included basic court processes such as making objections, questioning witnesses, and when to present their arguments.

The challenge by the Democratic Party did not focus on the signatures collected to establish the We the People Party — Kennedy’s campaign had gathered 862 signatures to meet the state’s requirements. 

Instead, the Democratic Party’s objection centered on a technicality in the new party’s bylaws concerning the political affiliations of its officers. 

It was alleged that Moskowitz and Susan Alden, party leaders, were also Democrats, which could conflict with the party’s rules that its officers should not be members of other political parties.

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However, the Democrats did not substantiate their claims effectively, particularly in demonstrating that these affiliations were indeed in violation of the We the People Party’s bylaws. 

Furthermore, Hawaii does not have partisan voter registration, complicating the evidence process for such claims.

Additionally, the Democratic Party’s contention that another party leader’s status as a non-voter disqualified him from his role also fell flat. 

Schulaner ruled that a single non-voter does not compromise a political party’s status as an association of voters.

Despite these various allegations, the Office of Elections upheld the We the People Party’s registration, with the decision allowing for a 30-day appeal period for the Democratic Party.

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The We the People Party has also been established in several other states, including California, leveraging more favorable third-party registration requirements compared to those for independent candidates. 

This strategic approach highlights Kennedy’s broader initiative to gain a foothold in various state ballots ahead of upcoming elections.

The ruling in Hawaii, while only directly affecting the state’s four electoral votes — which are not typically decisive in general elections — signals potential challenges that mainstream parties might face as they attempt to block new political entrants from disrupting traditional voting patterns. 

The state Democratic Party has not publicly commented on the decision yet.