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Bills would help turn out the vote


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2013

~~<p>awaii is embarrassed virtually every election by low voter turnout and the state Legislature is grasping for ways to lure
people to the polls. A proposal to allow voters to register on Election Day should bring a modest improvement in numbers but
legislators are understandably nervous about a proposal endorsed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to require all residents to vote
by mail.</p>
<p>Each of the last two presidential elections has been especially humiliating because Hawaii was the only state with a turnout
of less than half of those eligible to cast ballots — in a race involving a homegrown candidate winning the presidency. Part
of the history may include the fact that many polls on the mainland have closed, and the presidency declared, by the time
many here have gotten off work — but that means an extra effort is needed to bolster turnout.
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awaii is embarrassed virtually every election by low voter turnout and the state Legislature is grasping for ways to lure people to the polls. A proposal to allow voters to register on Election Day should bring a modest improvement in numbers but legislators are understandably nervous about a proposal endorsed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to require all residents to vote by mail.

Each of the last two presidential elections has been especially humiliating because Hawaii was the only state with a turnout of less than half of those eligible to cast ballots — in a race involving a homegrown candidate winning the presidency. Part of the history may include the fact that many polls on the mainland have closed, and the presidency declared, by the time many here have gotten off work — but that means an extra effort is needed to bolster turnout. Login for more...



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