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It’s a good day in the neighborhood

Looks like voters are catching on — very slowly — to online voting in their neighborhood board races.

Of course, having 8.5 percent of those eligible actually cast their virtual ballots is better than the 6.5 percent in 2009, the debut of the online system. But surely the city can only celebrate that improvement for so long before it’s time to figure out how to pick up the pace.

Here’s another sobering fact. Of the 13,264 who did vote, 3.5 percent were the candidates themselves.

Does this ranking surprise anyone?

Hawaii ranks at the bottom of states in knowledge of driving rules, according to a survey taken by GMAC Insurance. Only the District of Columbia had worse grades.

The average of Hawaii drivers able to pass a national driving test distributed by GMAC was 73 per- cent, compared with a national average of 77.9 percent. The test revealed that more than one in four drivers on the road in the islands cannot meet basic requirements to get a driver license.

It should note that Hawaii drivers might not be road smart, but they are very polite, hardly ever honking a horn.

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