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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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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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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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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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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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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