Think About It: Voting - The Need To Know - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

May 28, 2018

Think About It: Voting - The Need To Know

As local political polls roll out and as positioning and posturing become all the more important for office seekers here, keep an eye on the facts, the issues, and the histories of the candidates running for office. And since so many of us now vote early via mail or at walk-in locations, the idea that this election will be decided upon by turnout on August 11, which is officially "primary day", is a bit of an archaic misnomer, a vestige of the old days of ballot box last-minute rushes, like way back in 2002.

In 2016, even with our now bi-annual, weak eligible voter participation niumbers, over half of the votes here were cast via mail or at convenient sites before election day. So the thought that candidates can ramp up their marketing messages to attract voters right up until the last minute would be an erroneous assumption. Candidates need to make sure you know the facts, or what they call facts, by mid-July, as voting will take place in earnest soon after that. Voting by mail has been in place here since 2003, online registration for interested, eligible people 18-years of age and older began in 2012. And late voter registration will be fully implemented with this election.

There is no excuse to skip voting and not get involved- early, by mail, or on August 11. But before that, before you help determine which direction the state and your community go on many fronts, do take the time to assess the facts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and even self-aggrandizement, but they're not entitled to their own facts. So please, do your homework over the next eight weeks, and then vote accordingly. Think about it…

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