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March 4, 2010

Voting Boom

So far, the political season has been but a tease, with a few likely candidates reminding us who they are and what they stand for, kind of. But now the gloves will really come off, because we do have our first official race and official candidates of the season. On May 22, a special election will be held to fill the U.S. House seat recently vacated when Neil Abercrombie stepped down to devote his full attention to running for governor this fall.

What makes this special election intriguing is that, no matter who wins, he or she will have to do it all over again this fall in the primary and again in the general election, should opposition candidates still want a crack at this highly coveted office for the next two-year cycle. Hawaii has seen special elections to fill U.S. House seats before, due to the untimely deaths of sitting representatives "Spark" Matsunaga in 1990 and Patsy Mink in 2002, and the victor in this upcoming special election is guaranteed nothing more than a temporary seat in Washington, D.C., during which time he or she will try to prove their mettle.

While up-to-now subtle campaigns will get ramped up ASAP, we now await word on who will provide the voting equipment. Oh yeh, those machines used in 2008 had some legal challenges, so while most people will vote via mail, let's hope that traditionalists can vote accurately and without incident now that a firm date has been set and the money has been found to pay for this necessary election. Think about it…

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