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August 22, 2016

Think About It: Voter Void

As the Olympics come to an end, it's nice to know that Hawaii set its own record during the Rio games. Well, it's not really a record to be proud of, but it is a record nonetheless. Yes, you see on Saturday, August 13, we set a personal record- as in worst- for the percentage of people who actually took the time to vote, just under 35% of registered voters. We shouldn't need "buzz" to get people to vote; it should be a moral imperative in a democracy.

That means 65% of people who took the time to register, which takes almost no time, didn't bother to vote by mail, early, or on August 13. For the last four presidential elections, Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in America, according to 24/7 Wall Street. We're just below West Virginia, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Now I know that we are a huge blue state without much competition in many races. And I know that when some of you go to vote after work is pau, so many national results are already known or called by pundits.

But between charter issues and some important local races, if you took the time to register in the first place, which seems to indicate that you care, can't you figure out a way to get it done- either early or on Election Day? Registering on Election Day locally should help- but that's not yet available this year. Uncontested or weak opponent races- I get it. But do your civic duty. It takes 15-minutes once every two years. Think about it…

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