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On Politics: Even as GOP states contort voting laws, Hawaii does right with automatic voter registration

After some false starts and the usual legislative dithering, automatic voter registration (AVR) became a “motherhood bill” for the 2021 Legislature; it enjoyed nearly unanimous support among community, social interest and labor groups. Hawaii was not a leader in the move. Already 20 states have passed AVR laws. Read column on Honolulu Star Advertiser.

AVR would help get young people to polls

Hawaii needs automatic voter registration. Gov. David Ige should sign Senate Bill 159 into law. The pandemic has shown the life-and-death difference local and national elected officials can have on our lives. But on average, the young people I meet as a community college instructor are completely alienated from electoral politics. Even (sometimes especially) politically …

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Column: Getting young Micronesians to vote in Hawaii

That is why I am so encouraged by the increased civic engagement I see among our Micronesian youth, and why I believe passing automatic voter registration will help improve access to the ballot for Micronesian voices so that the opportunity is present for them to be heard at the highest levels of policymaking and government. …

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Column: Poverty, houselessness should not mean loss of voting rights

Registering to vote in Hawaii may seem easy, and compared to labyrinthine requirements in many other states, it is. But to people experiencing homelessness, our system’s prerequisites can make casting a ballot impossible. Kristen Alice is director of community relations for Hope Services Hawaii, and vice chairperson for Community Alliance Partners, a coalition of social …

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Community Voice: The Legislature Should Pass Automatic Registration

The other argument raised was that registered voters would lose control over their personal information. Let’s be honest about the information that is already in your voter registration file. The full name, address, district/precinct and voter status (whether you voted in recent elections) is already publicly available. Piilani Kaopuiki is the current president of the …

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Support for AVR

“The League of Women Voters of Hawaii County strongly supports Automatic Voter Registration and urges all Big Island legislators help enact this important legislation in this legislative session.” Rosemarie MullerPresident, League of Women Voters of Hawaii County

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