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Local Connection: Voter turnout

By: Rick Blangiardi

 

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were recently very close to each other in voter opinion polls. And both men have recently been pushing voter turnout in speeches to their supporters.

In fact, the language they use is almost identical - that it's an important election, and shouldn't be decided by default.

It's as if political advisors in both camps think this election could go down to the wire. Well, good.

If it is indeed an important election, then as many of us as possible should be in on it. Low voter turnout has been a problem for Hawaii, and for all of America, for years.

Not just a problem, an embarrassment.

If we do care about the issues in the news, we should take part in those decisions that affect those issues. So whatever choices we wind up making, wouldn't you rather have your vote matter than not matter at all?

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