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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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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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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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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.

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Get out and vote Hawaii! Share this image and help the Aloha State change the list. If voter turnout stayed exactly as it did in 2008 then 11,000-some new voters would push Hawaii out of last place for voter participation. There are plenty of caveats, but the takeaway is that this is totally doable.  
Read the full story on CNN.com.

Get out and vote Hawaii! Share this image and help the Aloha State change the list. If voter turnout stayed exactly as it did in 2008 then 11,000-some new voters would push Hawaii out of last place for voter participation. There are plenty of caveats, but the takeaway is that this is totally doable.  

Read the full story on CNN.com.

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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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Early voting (in Hawaii) for the November general election is on pace to nearly double the number in the primary … Whether by mail or in person, more people are turning out to vote early as the general election approaches next Tuesday. It may be setting a new pace.
Great news from KHON in Hawaii. Early voting numbers are up. Keep it going, Hawaii. It’s up to you to change the list. The state doesn’t have to be last in turnout again.

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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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What a difference a state makes. Ad spending and visits by both campaigns in October - Ohio vs Hawaii. From the CNN/Google Campaign Tracker.

What a difference a state makes. Ad spending and visits by both campaigns in October - Ohio vs Hawaii. From the CNN/Google Campaign Tracker.

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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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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.