Primary Saturday

Maui and the state of Hawaii suffer from almost chronic low voter turnout for elections.

And, as bad as the turnout for general elections is, it is usually even worse for primaries. That is too bad because primaries are where the winnowing of candidates begins.

Saturday, voters will decide who will be the final two candidates for Maui County mayor and for County Council seats in districts where several wannabes are mounting a challenge. Voters will also make choices on who will be on the ballot for state and national legislative seats. There are contests for party nominations for both the Hawaii Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

And, most importantly, a sitting governor has a strong challenger in his own party primary.

It is extremely important that an energized and engaged electorate participate in our democracy by voting. Thousands have already voted via absentee ballots or by walk-in voting at sites across the state. Saturday, neighborhood polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for folks who are registered to vote and who have not already done so.

Most of us at some point complain about actions taken by different levels of government. If we don’t even take the time to help select our representatives, we have only ourselves to blame for the outcome.

So please take the time to vote Saturday. Then make sure you complete your civic duty by voting again in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

(A version of this editorial has appeared previously in The Maui News.)

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

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