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Hawaii voting rate must be improved


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2014

~~<p>A national study that measures how well U.S. states conduct elections starts with the premise that a well-run election is one in which all eligible voters can easily participate, and in which only eligible voters cast ballots, which are counted accurately and fairly. Maintaining this convenience and integrity through all the administrative phases of each election &mdash; registration, voting, counting the ballots and reporting the outcome &mdash; ensures a functioning democracy.</p>
<p>Well-run elections also buoy the public's trust in government more generally, goodwill that can spur citizen engagement in any number of community issues. This participation matters, not only on the hot-button topics that garner headlines, but also in more mundane civic affairs. Over time, the citizenry's prevailing opinions influence the rules, standards and laws that determine so many aspects of our daily lives.</p>
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A national study that measures how well U.S. states conduct elections starts with the premise that a well-run election is one in which all eligible voters can easily participate, and in which only eligible voters cast ballots, which are counted accurately and fairly. Maintaining this convenience and integrity through all the administrative phases of each election — registration, voting, counting the ballots and reporting the outcome — ensures a functioning democracy.

Well-run elections also buoy the public's trust in government more generally, goodwill that can spur citizen engagement in any number of community issues. This participation matters, not only on the hot-button topics that garner headlines, but also in more mundane civic affairs. Over time, the citizenry's prevailing opinions influence the rules, standards and laws that determine so many aspects of our daily lives. Login for more...



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