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Tyler is a university student and nonvoter. Think he should vote? Send him an encouraging message on Twitter or YouTube by tagging it #CTL6. I’ll pass it along to him. See if your response makes it onto his page on CNN.com. This is part of CNN’s Change the List, an effort to bring attention to Hawaii’s lowest-of-the-low voter turnout rates. I’m trying to start a conversation that could boost turnout.

Tyler is a university student and nonvoter. Think he should vote? Send him an encouraging message on Twitter or YouTube by tagging it #CTL6. I’ll pass it along to him. See if your response makes it onto his page on CNN.com. This is part of CNN’s Change the List, an effort to bring attention to Hawaii’s lowest-of-the-low voter turnout rates. I’m trying to start a conversation that could boost turnout.

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5 reasons Minnesota is tops at voting

For those of you outside Hurricane Sandy’s path, here’s a fun fact: Minnesota is a voting paradise. The state had a turnout rate near 80% in 2008. Wowza. 

Here are five reasons why that’s the case. Read the full story on CNN.com.

  1. Same-day voter registration laws
  2. Hearty, Midwestern civic culture
  3. They raise awareness about voting
  4. No voter ID laws
  5. A competitive, multi-party political scene

This story is part of CNN’s Change the List - an effort to boost voter turnout in Hawaii. Check out this feature: “The state that doesn’t vote.”

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Skyler, soon-to-be 18, doesn’t feel old enough or informed enough to vote. But he’s open to convincing. Send this high school student in Hawaii a message encouraging him to participate. Tag it #CTL4 on Twitter and CNN’s Change the List may add it to his page. This is part of our effort to get people talking about voter turnout. Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in the country, and we’re trying to create a conversation that could change that. Thanks for your support.

Skyler, soon-to-be 18, doesn’t feel old enough or informed enough to vote. But he’s open to convincing. Send this high school student in Hawaii a message encouraging him to participate. Tag it #CTL4 on Twitter and CNN’s Change the List may add it to his page. This is part of our effort to get people talking about voter turnout. Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in the country, and we’re trying to create a conversation that could change that. Thanks for your support.

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Don’t let the political cycle keep you silenced. Voting is your super-secret superpower. Do it.
Tony Kilburn, attempting to convince a nonvoter in Hawaii to vote for the first time. Read other messages to college student Tyler Tawara on this page. Send one of your own on Twitter by tagging your note #CTL6. This is part of CNN’s Change the List.

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CNN’s Change the List is trying to boost voter participation in Hawaii, the state with the lowest turnout rate. It starts with one person. Nani Teruya says Hawaii shouldn’t be part of the United States. She doesn’t vote because she believes the government is illigitimate. Still, a member of the Hawaiian royal family urged her to use her vote to push for change. Help convince Nani to vote by tweeting messages or videos to her with the hashtag #CTL3. 

CNN’s Change the List is trying to boost voter participation in Hawaii, the state with the lowest turnout rate. It starts with one person. Nani Teruya says Hawaii shouldn’t be part of the United States. She doesn’t vote because she believes the government is illigitimate. Still, a member of the Hawaiian royal family urged her to use her vote to push for change. Help convince Nani to vote by tweeting messages or videos to her with the hashtag #CTL3

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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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Voting is good for the soul, regardless of the outcome.
Facebook user Gloria Blanche Wood, helping us convince Michael Remen to vote in November. This is part of CNN’s effort to boost voter participation in Hawaii. It starts with one person. Send Michael a message on Twitter by using the hashtag #CTL2. Or comment on this page. He loves politics and voting, but doesn’t trust that his ballot will be counted. I’ll report back on whether you were able to convince him.

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Each of us Americans have an obligation not only to our forefathers who sacrificed much but to those of us who are coming after … us. That they may inherit a country that imperfect as it is remains the only country where we its citizens are truly free and have the right to chose … their country’s own destinies.
Jesse Olivarez, making a plea for a nonvoter in Hawaii to cast a ballot. You can see other responses from the online community here. Send in yours and tag it #CTL1.

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Ninety-three-year-old Frank Tanabe casting his vote in Hawaii. Tanabe is in the final stages of cancer. This image of him voting, likely for the last time, went viral. What an inspiration.
More on this story from CNN’s Political Ticker:

According to his daughters, Frank has never missed a presidential election, and wasn’t about to let his illness deter him from voting this time around. When his absentee ballot arrived on Wednesday, his daughter, Barbara, sat at his bedside and read aloud the candidates and issues. “I helped him. He either nodded ‘yes’ or shook his head ‘no’,” Barbara said. “He didn’t always vote for my candidate.” Nonetheless, she followed his directions and mailed in the completed form. He hasn’t been able to speak since.

Ninety-three-year-old Frank Tanabe casting his vote in Hawaii. Tanabe is in the final stages of cancer. This image of him voting, likely for the last time, went viral. What an inspiration.

More on this story from CNN’s Political Ticker:

According to his daughters, Frank has never missed a presidential election, and wasn’t about to let his illness deter him from voting this time around. When his absentee ballot arrived on Wednesday, his daughter, Barbara, sat at his bedside and read aloud the candidates and issues. “I helped him. He either nodded ‘yes’ or shook his head ‘no’,” Barbara said. “He didn’t always vote for my candidate.” Nonetheless, she followed his directions and mailed in the completed form. He hasn’t been able to speak since.

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Michael Remen, a sous-chef in Hilo, Hawaii, spent an hour and a half trying to vote in the primary. The polling places were such a mess, he said, that he doesn’t plan to vote in November. Before this year, he always looked forward to going to his polling place. Help us convince him to vote again. Post a message or video and tag it #CTL2. This is part of CNN’s Change the List — an effort to boost voter participation in Hawaii, the state that had the lowest voter turnout rate in 2008. I’ll report back on whether or not it works. Thanks for your help. — John

Michael Remen, a sous-chef in Hilo, Hawaii, spent an hour and a half trying to vote in the primary. The polling places were such a mess, he said, that he doesn’t plan to vote in November. Before this year, he always looked forward to going to his polling place. Help us convince him to vote again. Post a message or video and tag it #CTL2. This is part of CNN’s Change the List — an effort to boost voter participation in Hawaii, the state that had the lowest voter turnout rate in 2008. I’ll report back on whether or not it works. Thanks for your help. — John

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Joe never voted until a website asked him to. Share his image and ask your friends to vote. With your help, we can bump Hawaii off the bottom of the list for voter participation. And check out the CNN feature: Hawaii: The state that doesn’t vote. 

Joe never voted until a website asked him to. Share his image and ask your friends to vote. With your help, we can bump Hawaii off the bottom of the list for voter participation. And check out the CNN feature: Hawaii: The state that doesn’t vote

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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.