Preliminary Primary Report Due December 8, 2021 for Noncandidate Committees

The next report due for Noncandidate Committees is the Preliminary Primary Report covering the period July 1, 2021 through December 3, 2021.  The Preliminary Primary Report has been added to your reporting schedule in the Noncandidate Committee Filing System (NCFS) and must be electronically filed on this system no later than 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

The Preliminary Primary Report must be filed even if your noncandidate committee does not participate in the Special Election for Kauai Prosecuting Attorney.  However, a noncandidate committee whose aggregate contributions and aggregate expenditures for the special election period total $1,000 or less would not be required to file the Preliminary Primary Report, but only the Final Election Period Report covering July 1, 2021 through February 26, 2022, and all subsequent reports thereafter until the committee terminates their registration with the Commission. The Final Election Period Report is due on March 28, 2022.

If your noncandidate committee intends to receive aggregate contributions and make aggregate expenditures for the special election period totaling $1,000 or less, the deadline to notify the Commission of your intent is Friday, December 3, 2021. The special election period runs from November 4, 2020 through February 26, 2022. Noncandidate committees can notify the Commission by checking the $1,000 or less box at the bottom of your Organizational Report in the NCFS and filing the report.  All noncandidate committees that check this box will be verified to ensure that they qualify based on information already reported in filed reports for the period of November 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021, and the Final Election Period Report due on March 28, 2022.  Noncandidate committees will be subject to fines for checking the box, exceeding the $1,000 threshold, and not filing required reports.  Please notify the Commission if your noncandidate committee checks the box and exceeds the $1,000 threshold, so we can add the applicable reports to your reporting schedule in the NCFS.

The fine for not filing the Preliminary Primary Report by the due date, if assessed, shall not exceed $300 per day; provided that in aggregate, the fine shall not exceed twenty-five per cent of the total amount of contributions or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the report; and the minimum fine, if assessed, shall be $300.

Chairpersons and treasurers of noncandidate committees are also reminded of their acknowledgment and certification on the “Noncandidate Committee Electronic Filing Form” that the information on all reports electronically filed online are true, complete, and accurate.  See, Hawaii Revised Statutes §§11-321(c)(2), 11- 331(b), and 11-340(a).

Please call the Commission at (808) 586-0285 if you have any questions.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, Hawaiian Standard Time, and we are closed on regular state holidays.