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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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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. 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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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, …

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Column: Automatic voter registration will expand access to voting

We live in a time of challenges and crises. Our planet is in peril as we drag our feet on addressing the climate crisis. Both globally and locally we face challenges that are daunting. Here in Hawaii, we continue to watch tent encampments grow as the working poor find it impossible to pay for their …

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Column: Automatic voter registration would vitalize our democracy

Nobody wants to be left behind. Hawaii used to be a place where we were ahead of the game. Somehow we have fallen behind. Who is responsible for deciding if we make progress — or not? The answer is: all of us, and those we elect to represent us. Lena Mochimaru, a fine arts graduate, …

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Island Voices Column: Automatic voter registration would vitalize our democracy

Nobody wants to be left behind. Hawaii used to be a place where we were ahead of the game. Somehow we have fallen behind. Who is responsible for deciding if we make progress — or not? The answer is: all of us, and those we elect to represent us. We look to our leaders to …

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