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Automatic Voter Registration: It’s Time Has Come

Sounds simple and commonsensical, doesn’t it? And yet this simple procedure would yield an estimated cost savings to the state of more than a million dollars per election cycle. No small matter when the state is crying poverty at every turn and looking for savings. John Webster is a former government affairs executive at IBM …

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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

VOICES: Automatic voter registration will improve lives

AVR will make voting more accessible, secure and convenient. Here’s how it works. When you go to the DMV to apply for or renew your driving license or your state of Hawai‘i ID, eligible citizens will have their updated information automatically sent to the Office of Elections to allow them to vote when Election Day …

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Modernizing our elections will ensure that “we, the people” will be heard

There is a common-sense, cost- and time-saving solution: enact automatic voter registration. This simply means that when someone goes to the DMV to get or renew their driver’s license or state ID, their voter information will be sent electronically to the County Elections Division, unless they opt out. Carmen Hulu Lindsey, Maui Island representative and …

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Community Voice: Voting By Mail Process In Hawaii Still Needs Work

The state and counties must do more to inform people during these difficult times. It has been noted by many that local government must adjust to new realities. But is that happening? In this inaugural year of vote-by-mail, despite getting more than $3 million in federal funds for election security, the state Office of Elections …

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Column: Voting is a civil right; voter registration should be automatic

Hawaii has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. My generation is still hopeful that our lawmakers can act quickly to help. Attending school from home has made me think about how the government could make it easier for more people to participate. This emergency is highlighting the need for greater efficiency across …

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Community Voice: Will We Have A Democracy After COVID-19?

Yes. That’s why the Hawaii Legislature should pass automatic voter registration. Students, Sarah-Lyn Kaeo, an honors student at the University of Hawaii Manoa and Lindney Acosta is an honors student at the University of Hawaii Manoa pose and answer the question. Yet, there are still many hurdles, and they pose another question, “What keeps lawmakers …

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Community Voice: Will We Have A Democracy After COVID-19?

Yes. That’s why the Hawaii Legislature should pass automatic voter registration. From what we saw at the hearing when we testified, there was virtually no opposition to AVR. This is a way to use technology to draw in more voices, voices like ours. What keeps lawmakers from enacting this now and not deferring this and …

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