voter turnout

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After Action Review of 2017 Point in Time Count; USS Bowfin; Citizen Engagement in 2017

Wayne Yoshioka

Voter turnout for the 2014 General Election was the lowest since Statehood in 1959, when nearly 94 percent of Hawai’i voters cast ballots.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, that was when the population was half the size it is today and a time when life was different.    

Local Nonprofit Hopes to Get Out the Vote

Oct 29, 2012
Flickr / Ann Douglas
Flickr / Ann Douglas

In the last presidential election, Hawaii’s voter turnout was the worst in the nation.  This concerns James Koshiba, the Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii. He wants to bring the people’s voice back into politics.  His project, HawaiiCandidates.info, seeks to re-engage the community and increase voter turnout. Thanks to a largely volunteer effort, Koshiba was able to reach people in communities with historically low voter turnout.  Koshiba’s approach was to listen and ask the community what was important to them.