Check out this Facebook app called “Our Hawaiian Spring,” promoted by the news site Civil Beat. It’s great. If you’re in Hawaii, the app can teach you about local candidates. It also lets you compete against friends. Earn points when you register to vote (you can download the form here) and as you explore information about elections in Hawaii.
Here’s what one Civil Beat contributor had to say on the power of Facebook to increase voter turnout in Hawaii, the state with the lowest rate of voter participation in 2008:
Recent research indicates there are 709,960 people on Facebook that live in Hawaii 18 years or older. By comparison, in the 2010 election there were 385,385 votes cast in the Governor’s race and that election was decided by 65,413 votes, less than 10% of Hawaii’s Facebook community.
Sorry for the self-promo, but CNN’s “I’m voting” app is worth a look, too. If you test drive either one, let me know what you think.