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August 16, 2018

Think About It: Party Time

Asking why voters simply don't show up year after year in Hawaii is a bit like asking why more people don't fill stadiums to see intra-team scrimmages. Yes, it got nasty and Super PACs made their presence felt like perhaps never before in a local primary, but far too many people- right or wrong- believe that at the end of the day, we simply don't have enough variety and races to garner their interest. It's like watching the home team face off against one another without an opposition. It happens far too often in far too many races here.

 

If you're a UH football fan, at the end of the day, you hope the quarterback battle rewards the best player for the job, but it's still UH and you're gonna support the team anyway. This is what happens when one side simply doesn't play in the political arena here, for the most part. And no matter which side you favor, having basically a one-party system surely cannot bring out the best in the annual winners, as they often face no serious consequences for inaction or mistakes. So are you satisfied with how things are run generally and specifically?

 

Do you think the lack of competition after the internecine primary wars keeps our entrenched leaders from being tested, questioned, and having to prove themselves more often? So will we see competition in November's headline races or even the smaller ones? Will the voters feel compelled to come out and do their civic duty, believing their vote can make a difference in a tight race or two? And what will happen on a going forward basis- can the Republican Party in Hawaii rebuild itself and provide formidable competition in more races here in 2020, or in 2022? And if so, will that get the electorate stimulated enough to help turn around our dismal voter turnout numbers? Only time, and quality opposition, will tell. Think about it…

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