Community Voice Voting By Mail Could Not Come At A More Needed Time

Under coronavirus, voting in person could risk personal safety. Hawaii voters should make sure they are registered.

Voting in coronavirus times is perilous and likely to make in-person voting at the polls difficult. Even in relatively saner times, Hawaii’s voting record has been spotty at best.

According to the State Office of Elections, in 1959, when the then-Territory of Hawaii voted to decide whether or not to become a state, about 93.6 % of registered voters punched a ballot (183,118 registered voters with a voter turnout of 171,383).

Keep in mind that a little less than half of those eligible to vote did vote, so the actual turnout is pegged at about 40%.

Read Caroline Kunitake and Sandy Ma’s entire column on Civil Beat.

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