Hawaii needs an easy vote-by-mail sys...

Hawaii needs an easy vote-by-mail system - Editorials

There are 12 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 16, 2008, titled Hawaii needs an easy vote-by-mail system - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

All of Hawaii experienced a dismal voter turnout for the primary election. On Maui it was a pathetic 25 percent of eligible voters and statewide it was 37 percent.

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Since: Jun 08

Honolulu, HI

#1 Oct 16, 2008
Voting by mail/phone/internet would be a step in the right direction.
wacos201

Honolulu, HI

#2 Oct 16, 2008
No, it should be vote by e-mail
A-corn

Honolulu, HI

#3 Oct 16, 2008
Great. Let's get ACORN to start it here in the islands.
XTZ

Honolulu, HI

#4 Oct 16, 2008
I am not sure I understand what this article is about. Voter registration forms are easy to find and it is extremely easy to register here in Hawaii. I have voted absentee for the last 6 years and it is also very easy to do. The problem is not the system. The problem is that the people are just not interested. I can't even count the number of people I have talked to that say they have never voted.
Chris

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#5 Oct 16, 2008
If you don't care enough about voting to go through a little effort then perhaps you shouldn't be voting at all. A person who has do have it made dead easy for them to vote is neither a good citizen or probably an informed one either - not the kind of voter who is good for the republic. Editorials like this remind me of the old Soviet Union where it was your "duty" to vote to support the legitimacy of the (corrupt) system.
Jew Blew

Honolulu, HI

#6 Oct 16, 2008
Got my absentee ballot in the mail yesterday. So convenient. No waste gas or time. No need to find parking, show ID, or stand in line. No need to see people you don't like or smell perfume you hate. Just open the emvelope, read carefully, vote, seal mail, and deposit into your own mailbox. Pau. Did my citizen's duty.
Glenn Viernes

Kent, WA

#7 Oct 16, 2008
I've lived in Washington for eleven years, watching the political process fade. Elections here have finally attracted National attention for voter fraud, except of course for Mr. Holter. Since the last two mail-in elections 40,000 names have been removed from the rolls due in no small part from the 2004 fiasco. But true to course the Secretary of State confirms that there are 24,000 convicted felons who will receive ballots dispite the fact that it is unlawful for them to vote. This after revamping the election database system in 2006. Mr. Holter this is a perfect example of agenda driven research. Sad.
warning

Hauula, HI

#8 Oct 16, 2008
lets set up the voting booths, @ beaches on the West Side,Community Center @ KPT, Kam IV, Palolo Valley, Farrington HS, an push for change in area that need it, in there famlies, communities and jobs..I bet you will get better outcome...
Kelly Hampton

Kailua Kona, HI

#9 Oct 16, 2008
The HART contract is cancelled in Dec 08 because the chief election officer Cronin violated procurement law and manipulated data in awarding the contract. The State will in 2009 have a bid for a new contract. The PUBLIC needs to be part of the process and the decision making...We pay for it we should get to vote the way WE THE PEOPLE want...
Kelly Hampton

Kailua Kona, HI

#10 Oct 16, 2008
XTZ wrote:
I am not sure I understand what this article is about. Voter registration forms are easy to find and it is extremely easy to register here in Hawaii. I have voted absentee for the last 6 years and it is also very easy to do. The problem is not the system. The problem is that the people are just not interested. I can't even count the number of people I have talked to that say they have never voted.
The fish rots at the head. The chief election officer did not bother to register to vote, set an example. He allowed ballots to be changed electronically.(Ask any Observer). Call any County election office and see how unhelpful and unfriendly they are. The Election Commission is supposed to be appointed by the Leg; they can't be bothered so the Court has to step in... People don't believe in the system. Leadership that inspires gets results.
VoteWatcher

Kailua Kona, HI

#11 Oct 16, 2008
Jew Blew wrote:
Got my absentee ballot in the mail yesterday. So convenient. No waste gas or time. No need to find parking, show ID, or stand in line. No need to see people you don't like or smell perfume you hate. Just open the emvelope, read carefully, vote, seal mail, and deposit into your own mailbox. Pau. Did my citizen's duty.
But did your vote count? Did you make a X or a check mark...if so it may not count. But Mahalo for voting
Nuschler

Wailuku, HI

#12 Oct 16, 2008
I don't understand this guy. Don't they have absentee voting on the island of Maui?

I voted last night on my absentee ballot. Nearly 35% of the final tally of voters now use absentee ballots. It's easy, you register by mail and they send you ballots and return envelopes.

You don't have to give any reason for using the ballot and you get to vote 3 weeks ahead of time. Wow, it's the only way to vote. You just sit at home, make your decisons, blacken the boxes and not worry about whether an electronic voting machine is actually counting your vote.

If you have questions regarding the constitutional amendments or other issues (such as steel on steel) you can call the elections office.

I voted for no incumbents, voted against Palin, and said no to con-con and steel on steel.

Whew! It's over with.

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