We are still a year away from the 2014 Primary. But the Hawaii County Elections Division team is hard at work to make sure next year's elections run smoothly...and so it won't face problems that affected the entire state in 2012. From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken gives us an update.
In the last presidential election, Hawaii’s voter turnout was the worst in the nation. This concerns James Koshiba, the Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii. He wants to bring the people’s voice back into politics. His project, HawaiiCandidates.info, seeks to re-engage the community and increase voter turnout. Thanks to a largely volunteer effort, Koshiba was able to reach people in communities with historically low voter turnout. Koshiba’s approach was to listen and ask the community what was important to them.
Republican candidates in Hawaii garnered less than one third of the total votes cast in 2012. With less than 18 months remaining before the 2014 General Elections, GOP officials are trying to expand their voter base to make a better showing in future elections. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.