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March 15, 2010

Of Primary Importance

The state legislature is looking at moving the Hawaii state primary election date up about a month. The move would be made, in part, to comply with an October law signed by President Obama ensuring that military personnel receive their absentee ballots overseas at least 45-days before the November 2nd general election. Currently, Hawaii's primary is scheduled on September 18, which is exactly 45-days before that November 2nd date, so there would be a problem getting ballots overseas when primary votes are still being counted.

Moving the primary date to sometime in August would allow local voters extra time between the primary and general election dates to get to know the final candidates a bit better. It would allow the candidates a bit of breathing room to better formulate their final campaign pushes. It would also provide a political party time to heal wounds opened up during the sometimes brutal primary election battles.

As it stands right now in Hawaii, heated primary elections roll right into the general election season. Anything to get registered voters more involved, more interested, and more educated, while at the same time ensuring that our overseas military personnel have their fair say in political decisions, is a good thing. Think about it…

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