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Motivating the electorate

April 14, 2014

A column by Honolulu Star-Advertiser political writer Richard Borrecca pointed us to the Pew Charitable Trust’s Voter Performance Index — a report on voter participation in the United States....

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Apr-14-14 6:51 PM

The reason that most people don't vote is because a majority of Hawaii residents see something wrong with the system -- and they are right. Every few years we get to watch this dog and pony show where candidates line up and smile in your face, laugh, and start chatting about useless banter. They come out really strong on non-controversial issues that nobody really disagrees with in the first place. They make speeches that have many words but little meaning. They promise everything under the sun with little to no chance of delivering. Incumbents speak on and on about all the great things that they have accomplished while in office, most of it being either half-truths or outright lies.

So tell me, why SHOULD Hawaii vote? The media does a great job at ensuring that elections concentrate on the petty stuff like whether or not a candidate is married, has kids, is photogenic, smiles often, etc. instead of doing their jobs as journalists and making elections be about IDEAS.

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