Think About It: Voting Verdicts - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

July 30, 2012

Think About It: Voting Verdicts

There are voter guides, voting records, websites with factual data, and lots of ways to make sure you are fully informed before next Saturday's primary election. You have ample time to review debates on-line, read comments, and find out who you should give your vote to.

Not only does Hawaii have a weak track record of voter registration, but even among those who do make the simple effort to register, far too many simply don't vote when the time comes. This year's primary offers some fascinating races with major differences indicated by the candidates in the Democratic U.S. Senate race and in the Honolulu mayoral race. Keep in mind that in the mayor's race, if one candidate does not receive 50% of the votes plus one, then the top two vote=-getters will go at it again in the general election, so voting in the primary really does matter.

As for the Senate race, the Democratic winner moves on to a tough general election battle, so the winner next Saturday gets to take a deep breath for about 10-minutes, and then start the fight all over again. You can be sure we will see lots of outside influencers trying to make their voices heard to, so your job remains to separate the facts from the fiction, the truth from the tawdry, and then get out there and vote next Saturday and once again in November. Think about it…

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