Column: Vote! With freedom comes responsibility

Before we get carried away by the higher number of votes in the recent primary election, let’s remember that there are nearly 800,000 registered voters in Hawaii — and nearly half of them did not vote. Yes, turnout was better than expected. But we must ask ourselves why, out of a citizen population of over a million of voting age, just 406,425 voted. Thousands chose not to exercise a right that many in other countries are still fighting to secure.