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America’s widening gap between the rich and poor — and this country’s fast-disappearing sense of security and progress and economic stability — is so far the top pick among the 20 subjects I presented as part of a new project called Change the List.

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Who cares about the economy? You

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That’s how many votes CNN’s Change the List tallied as of 7:20 a.m. Voting continues through Sunday, and you can vote once per day. Pick your top five from this list of 20 stories — the country where malaria is deadliest; the place where leprosy is still a scourge; the state with the highest dropout rate; the most dangerous roads on Earth — and CNN columnist John D. Sutter will report on the five winners. 

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You pick it, CNN will cover it

Pick your top five from this list and VOTE HERE! I’ll cover the winning five as part of CNN’s Change the List project. Voting closes next Monday.

Here are the topics to choose from: 

  1. No toilets: In one country, 90% don’t have basic sanitation.
  2. Rivers: Some U.S. rivers are dry or overrun with pollution. 
  3. Malaria: The country with the highest death rate. 
  4. Free speech: One nation ranks BELOW North Korea.
  5. Happiness: The saddest rich country could use cheering up.
  6. Internet: Some U.S. towns have little to no access.
  7. Rape: Some communities suffer disproportionately. 
  8. Dropouts: One state has a 60% graduation rate. 
  9. Extreme poverty: Children are hit hardest. 
  10. Moms: In one country, 1 in 100 births kills mom.
  11. Roads: They kill 1.3M/year. Smarter laws could help.
  12. Polio: Three countries stand in the way of eradication. 
  13. Women: Five countries have no women in the legislature. 
  14. Animals: Illegal trades empty ecosystems and line pockets.
  15. Leprosy: +200K cases are detected each year. Still.
  16. Conflict: The deadliest wars aren’t always in the news.
  17. Prison: Which U.S. state is most likely to lock you up?
  18. Land mines: They still kill thousands per year.
  19. Inequality: One U.S. state is the most unequal of all.
  20. Drugs: U.S. demand fuels cartel violence. 

After we have the winners, we’ll work together to push for change in places that need it most. Each story focuses on the extreme case — and the goal is to start a conversation that, over time, could bump these places off the bottom of the list. Thanks for your vote and support! —John

 

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War, malaria, prisons. You pick it, CNN will cover it. VOTE HERE!

War, malaria, prisons. You pick it, CNN will cover it. VOTE HERE!

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Hawaii ties for last in voting

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(CNN) — Hawaii tied West Virginia for 49th place in voter turnout in the November election — and I’m pretty pumped about it. That may seem like a strange thing to be excited about, or even to know about, but hear me out on this: Since September, I’ve been writing about Hawaii’s lowest-of-the-low voter turnout rate for a new CNN project called Change the List. The goal, as the project name spells out in even-Ke$ha-can-understand terms (sorry, Ke$ha, I’m sure you’re smart, but that dollar sign …), was to bump Hawaii off the bottom of that list. And I wanted to do that with your help.

Read the full story on CNN.com.

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It’s now the morning after Election Day. And while it’s still unclear whether Hawaii will finish last place for voting, preliminary estimates do offer a ray of hope. According to Michael McDonald, an election results guru at George Mason University, Hawaii likely will slip past West Virginia, handing over the title of the “state that doesn’t vote.” It feels too early and too odd to celebrate, though, especially given the calamity that ensued in Hawaii on Tuesday.
Read the full CNN.com story to find out why I’m not ready to celebrate the fact that Hawaii may have bumped itself out of last place for voting. Main reasons: Not all of the numbers are in; and Election Day, according to reports, was a mess in parts of Hawaii.

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Woo-hoo! Thanks for sending in “I voted” images, Hawaii. Click on the image to see the interactive map and to send in an image of your own. Here’s another pic, from the news site Honolulu Civil Beat. The polls are still open in Hawaii. Get out there and vote!

Woo-hoo! Thanks for sending in “I voted” images, Hawaii. Click on the image to see the interactive map and to send in an image of your own. Here’s another pic, from the news site Honolulu Civil Beat. The polls are still open in Hawaii. Get out there and vote!

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The majority of the (Hawaii’s) 233 precincts opened on time this morning at 7 a.m. … The only exception was in Leeward Oahu where a precinct at Mililani High School opened 10 minutes late because of “a misunderstanding” during the initial setting up process, said Rex Quidilla, state elections office spokesman.
Gregg K. Kakesako, Honolulu Star Advertiser. That’s good news, especially considering the trouble the Big Island of Hawaii had during the primary, with several polling places opening late. The bad news: Surf is high today. (Good news: You can surf AND vote).

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“Where you at, Hawaii?" After you vote, take a photo of yourself with an "I Voted" sticker (homemade or otherwise) and upload it to iReport, Instagram or Twitter. Tag it #ivotedcnn and it could end up on this CNN map. We want the Aloha State to be included in the project. And thanks for voting!
— CNN’s Change the List

Where you at, Hawaii?" After you vote, take a photo of yourself with an "I Voted" sticker (homemade or otherwise) and upload it to iReport, Instagram or Twitter. Tag it #ivotedcnn and it could end up on this CNN map. We want the Aloha State to be included in the project. And thanks for voting!

CNN’s Change the List

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lilacina:

Doing my part to help @cnnireport collect stickers from every state. Tag yours #ivotedCNN and join in! #cnnireport #election2012

Love this photo. Here’s mine. Send yours on Twitter or Instagram and be sure to tag it #ivotedCNN. It could end up in CNN’s Election Day coverage. Thanks for voting! — John/ CNN’s Change the List

lilacina:

Doing my part to help @cnnireport collect stickers from every state. Tag yours #ivotedCNN and join in! #cnnireport #election2012

Love this photo. Here’s mine. Send yours on Twitter or Instagram and be sure to tag it #ivotedCNN. It could end up in CNN’s Election Day coverage. Thanks for voting! — John/ CNN’s Change the List

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You can do it Hawaii! Share this image and encourage your friends to vote tomorrow — CNN’s Change the List

You can do it Hawaii! Share this image and encourage your friends to vote tomorrow — CNN’s Change the List

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The one that stuck in my head the most was the one about Arlington National Cemetery — all the people that gave their lives just so that we could vote. I’m not a military person or nothing like that but they were right, and it makes sense … That’s the main reason I’m going to go try (to vote on Tuesday). If I wouldn’t have read that, I probably wouldn’t.
Michael Remen, a sous-chef in Hilo, Hawaii, who didn’t plan to vote until a stranger sent him an encouraging message as part of CNN’s Change the List project

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You convinced them to vote

Your thoughtful messages (find 47 of them here) convinced three of these nonvoters in Hawaii to vote on Tuesday, two of them for the first time. One of them, Michael Remen, said he decided to vote because of a single message, sent from a total stranger on the Internet. This was part of CNN’s Change the List. We’re trying to boost voter participation in Hawaii, the state with the lowest turnout. Many, many thanks to all who sent in messages.

Read the full story on CNN.com.