You can do it Hawaii! Share this image and encourage your friends to vote tomorrow — CNN’s Change the List
Help us bring change to places and issues that need it most. This journalism experiment is led by CNN columnist John D. Sutter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pot vote is a real thing on Hawaii’s Big Island. I was chatting with another reporter in a coffee shop in Hilo on Wednesday when David Moreno, above, chimed in to say that people here do pick candidates, at least in part, based on their friendliness to marijuana. Candidates have tried to cater to this voting market as well.
Meet Elle Cochran, surfer turned council member in Maui. She never voted until she ran for office, and represents people who historically have been left out of the political system on this island of lush valleys and epic ocean views. Getting the surfing community to vote is no easy task, though. According to the district’s state representative, Angus McKelvey, voter turnout depends in part on how big of an ocean swell is headed for the island. If the surf is good, he said, few people go to the polls. Cochran, however, has mobilized some young people, even some surfers, by focusing on the preservation of Honolua Bay, which is a cherished local surf spot. Her campaign bumper stickers show a silhouette of her hanging ten on a wave.
I never voted until I ran for office.
Hawaii bans billboards, so candidates stand on the side of the road and throw the shaka sign to commuters. This candidate said the key is to make eye contact- with everyone.