Some blank votes can signal voters’ discontent

On Aug. 26, a letter written by the president of the Kihei Community Association was published. In it, he complains about blank votes being cast, and that voters are “unaware” of the process.

I voted, and I left a couple of spaces blank. When you don’t like a candidate, but she/he is running unopposed, it is the only way to show your opposition. When somebody is running unopposed but gets 30 percent or more of blank votes, then maybe next time somebody will run against that candidate and maybe she/he who gets all the blank votes starts to think “why?”

I hope that is an explanation that is satisfying enough!

John Blahuta