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42.2% Voter Turnout might get even worse by grassroothawaii
August 23, 2010, 5:32 am
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By Hideo Hikida

It’s really no surprise to anyone in Hawaii that the 50th state has one of the lowest voting turnout rates in the nation. With only 42.2% of Hawaii residents showing up to the polls in the last presidential election and 37.7% of residents voting in the last US House election, the majority of the people in Hawaii don’t seem to be taking advantage of their Constitutional right to vote. The percentages are bad; they’re even worse considering the fact that the numbers are percentages of our population. 37.7% of our population is simply unacceptable.

Knowing that Hawaii already has a bad voter turnout, the State has apparently decided to close 97 polling places across the State, leaving the grand total at 242 for the entire island chain. 137 on Oahu, 40 in Maui County, 19 on the Big Island and 17 in Kauai County. Oahu lost the most sites, at 75. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to go online and use information resources to locate our new voting location but there are some people who don’t have the kind of knowledge that we do. Some demographics in the State will have trouble finding their new locations and might not end up voting in one of the most contested electoral seasons in Hawaii history.  Readers, I implore you to check your new voting locations and tell others to do so. Do you know how?

The Office of Elections mailed yellow cards to registered voters with the locations of their polling places and voters also can get their polling site locations by calling 211, or their county clerk offices of the Office of Elections at 453-VOTE (8683).

Or they can find their polling site by typing their name and address on the Office of Elections website at hawaii.gov/elections.

Citizens, Readers, Freedom Lovers, we have been working towards a positive change in government for so long. This is the time in which we produce the results that we seek! There are individuals running for office that clearly do not embrace the concepts of fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and government transparency, let’s do our part to make sure that those individuals never rise to a position of governmental power. Let us exercise our Constitutional right to vote and to instill change for a better tomorrow.

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