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Yo Internets, we need your help! Send messages to these six people in Hawaii — and help CNN bump the Aloha State off the bottom of the ranks for voter participation. Details here.

Yo Internets, we need your help! Send messages to these six people in Hawaii — and help CNN bump the Aloha State off the bottom of the ranks for voter participation. Details here.

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Edythe McNamee and I go on a journey through Hawaii — figuring out why that state ranks dead last in terms of voter turnout. Our goal: Change the List.

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Hawaii: The state that doesn’t vote

Lahaina, Hawaii (CNN) — Elle Cochran grew up far too enchanted by Maui’s rocky coastline andbeach-bum lifestyle to care a thing about politics and voting. “You get up, work, go to the beach, sleep — and do it again,” she said of life on this Hawaiian island, which, of course, is known for its surf. “It’s just this routine.” But after a real estate project was proposed on Honolua Bay — a cliff-lined cove near her home that’s known for its ruler-straight waves — she decided to do something that’s bizarre for a non-voter. She ran for county council. "I never voted until I ran for office," she said.

Check out the first Change the List feature on CNN.com — and help us create a conversation that could bump Hawaii off the bottom of the U.S. voter turnout list.

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Make voting contagious: ‘My one vote could inspire other people to vote, too’

Nick Fancher is a senior at Punahou School, the green-tile-roofed, collegiate-looking school in Honolulu that Barack Obama once attended. Still, the 18-year-old isn’t sure who he will vote for in November. Voters should focus on issues, he said, not name recognition and personality. 

So the fact that Obama went to his school doesn’t sway him much. 

One thing is certain, though: Fancher, unlike most eligible Hawaii residents, will vote in November. In a quick conversation on Thursday, he shared a powerful idea about how Hawaii voters can encourage others to do the same: Tell your friends you’re voting, he said, and voting may become contagious.

“Even though I only have one vote,” he said, “I think my one vote could inspire other people to vote, too.”

Photo: Edythe McNamee/CNN

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Where ‘Republican’ is a dirty word

Sam Slom, an affable guy who looks like a handsome, less bat-like version of Ross Perot, is the only Republican state senator in Hawaii. Everyone else — every senator but him — is a Democrat.

Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising in such a blue-blue state like Hawaii, land of the unions and home of President Obama. But I still was taken aback when I heard that statistic. So I met with Slom at his office park east of Honolulu on Thursday because I wondered what that’s like — to be literally the only person in his legislative body representing an entire set of political philosophies and ideologies.

It sounds like you need a strong personality to pull it off.

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