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A recent report from Educational Testing Services suggests that “With just over a week until the presidential election, there’s little hope of a high voter turnout among young people.” Low levels of civic engagement, limited knowledge of civics and government and indifference toward political affairs are to blame, according to the report. Voting rates are especially low among people with the lowest levels of education, with only 23 percent voting in the 2008 election. And only 4 percent of young, low-income high school dropouts voted in that election, says the report.
Alia Wong, writing in Civil Beat, a Hawaii news website. You can prove this study wrong. I met young people in Hawaii who are passionate about politics. Make your voices heard.

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Hawaii Voter Turnout Under National Microscope - Civil Beat

(We are that microscope! Many thanks to Civil Beat.)

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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.

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.