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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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No English ballots? Try Japanese

That’s basically what happened to voters at one precinct in Hawaii after a series of unfortunate events. First, the polling place at Hokulani Elementary School on the island of Oahu ran out of ballots. A two-hour line formed as polling workers tried to shuffle hundreds of people through a single electronic voting machine.

Next, according to Mike Kratzke, who was working the election, officials delivered more ballots — but they were the wrong ones, featuring the wrong local races. “Everyone stop! The ballots are wrong!” Kratzke recalls yelling over an angry mob.

Finally: A sorta-solution. Kratzke said he passed out Japanese-language ballots to some of the English-speaking voters. By comparing the Japanese ballots with those that included the wrong candidates, he said, the people of Hawaii finally were able to vote.

Read the full story on CNN.com.

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Why Election Day should be a federal holiday

As The Atlantic has suggested, Election Day could be combined with Veterans’ Day to create “Veterans’ Democracy Day.” Smart idea. Sends a strong message about the importance of voting, and the sacrifices that have made American democracy possible.

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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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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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Mahalo for voting Hawaii! The Aloha State doesn’t have to finish last for voter turnout this year. Get out there and vote! — 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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Early voting numbers are up in Hawaii

More evidence Hawaii doesn’t have to finish last in voting: 

  • In 2008, 175,526 people voted early in Hawaii.
  • This year, about 180,000 people have done the same (so far).

These numbers are from Rex Quidilla in the state’s election office. They include early walk-in voting and absentee ballots that had been received as of Monday morning in Hawaii. ”We just hope people come out to vote tomorrow,” he said. CNN’s Change the List certainly hopes for the same. If all went as it did in 2008, Hawaii would need 11,466 more votes to hop off the bottom of the national list for voter turnout. You can do it, Hawaii.

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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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CNN’s Tom Foreman explains why the Electoral College exists and how it works. It’s a smart, clean video and it has some helpful background info as we head into Tuesday.

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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.