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Disconnect with moneyed interests turns off voters

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 04, 2012

~~<p>James Koshiba and a number of volunteers with the citizen-action nonprofit Kanu Hawaii have been going door to door this election season, but they're not campaigning for any single candidate. Their outreach is a campaign for voters, given that Hawaii now has the worst record of voter turnout in the nation.</p>
<p>Early voting and absentee balloting does help, said Koshiba, Kanu's executive director, but increasing the voting options and convenience is only a small segment of the turnout solution. Part of the organization's pro-democracy project this year was a questionnaire pressing for reasons why people don't vote.</p>
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James Koshiba and a number of volunteers with the citizen-action nonprofit Kanu Hawaii have been going door to door this election season, but they're not campaigning for any single candidate. Their outreach is a campaign for voters, given that Hawaii now has the worst record of voter turnout in the nation.

Early voting and absentee balloting does help, said Koshiba, Kanu's executive director, but increasing the voting options and convenience is only a small segment of the turnout solution. Part of the organization's pro-democracy project this year was a questionnaire pressing for reasons why people don't vote. Login for more...



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