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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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Is Hawaii Prepared To Vote By Mail?

Common Cause Hawaii executive director advocates for an increase in public education and voter service centers in the upcoming 2020 elections. “Hawaii’s registered voters will no longer be voting at traditional polling places, such as schools and community centers on primary and election days. Ballots will be automatically mailed to all registered voters starting with …

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Island Voices Column: Time for Hawaiians to stop being nonvoters, and to be heard

We have to do better. Walter Ritte, Native Hawaiian Activist and Educator In a column published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on December 12, 2019, long-time Native Hawaiian activist and educator, Walter Ritte called for all eligible Native Hawaiian to vote in the upcoming 2020 elections. He wrote, “Many kanaka maoli refuse to vote because …

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