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October 5, 2009

System Overload

Less than a year from now, the 2010 primary elections will have been held here in Hawai'i, and we will be gearing up for a big general election in November. A lot of people will be prepared, involved, and genuinely interested in this important function of our democracy. A lot of people will be talking about issues, candidates, and concerns for our future. The big question, again, is will our elections office be ready and operating smoothly.

Concerns about voting machines, ensuring that enough volunteers are available, funds to run the elections office- these are all familiar concerns. Hawai'i already has just about the worst voting record in the country on a regular basis, but to think that the system that controls the results and the machines and the entire process might be messed up, that's hard to fathom in 2009; we've heard it too often before. There has been talk about mailing ballots amid some obvious concerns and a continued lack of turnout when that was last tried in one area. There were concerns about how candidate filings were handled back in 2008.

Bottom line is that we have enough trouble getting the local citizenry interested enough to vote every two years. Hearing about backroom problems annually or bi-annually only adds to a lack of trust in the system and the people in a position to ensure that the voting process is handled as seamlessly and professionally as is possible in the 21st century. Think about it…


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