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Hey, Internet: Get Hawaii to vote!

| October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments


Animated Gif IntroWe’re trying to boost voter turnout in Hawaii, the state with the lowest rate of voter participation. You can help by convincing these six people to vote for the first time.

Armstrong, 17, competes in the Jeep Triathlon Grand Prix in 1988. He became a professional triathlete at age 16 and joined the U.S. National Cycling Team two years later.“I’ve never voted in my life,” said Paul Hewlett, who canoes competitively and says life in Hawaii is generally pretty great. “I don’t think my one vote is going to make any difference.”

In 1995, Armstrong wins the 18th stage of the Tour de France. He finished 36th overall and finished the race for the first time that year.Michael Remen, a sous-chef in Hilo, Hawaii, spent an hour and a half trying to vote in the primary. The polling places were such a mess, he said, that he doesn’t plan to vote in November. Before this year, he always looked forward to going to his polling place.

Armstrong rides for charity in May 1998 at the Ikon Ride for the Roses to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He established the foundation to benefit cancer research after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. After treatment, he was declared cancer-free in February 1997.Nani Teruya says Hawaii shouldn’t be part of the United States. She doesn’t vote because she believes the government is illigitimate. Still, a member of the Hawaiian royal family urged her to use her vote to push for change.

Armstrong takes his honor lap on the Champs-lyses in Paris after winning the Tour de France for the first time in 1999.Skyler Gayhart says he feels too young and uninformed to vote in the presidential election. “I feel like it would affect more my parents than me.”

After winning the 2000 Tour de France, Armstrong holds his son Luke on his shoulders.Nanci Munroe has several reasons not to vote. Most unique: Hawaii is six hours behind the East Coast. National results are announced before she goes to the polls.

Armstrong rides during the 18th stage of the 2001 Tour de France. He won the tour that year for the third consecutive time.“I don’t vote because I don’t believe what the politicians are saying,” said Tyler Tawara, an 18-year-old University of Hawaii student. “I’m indifferent. They’re just lying.”


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Editor’s note: Change the List aims to bring attention to places that need it most. Follow the project on Tumblr.

Honolulu (CNN) — Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in the country. As part of a new CNN project called Change the List, I’m trying to create a conversation that could change that.

But I’ll need your help to make it work.

Here’s what you can do: In the gallery at the top of this story you’ll find information about six nonvoters in Hawaii. They have some interesting reasons for not voting. One is a high school student who has specific political interests but says he feels too young and uninformed to participate in something as serious as voting.

Hawaii: The state that doesn’t vote

Another doesn’t want Hawaii to be part of the United States, so she doesn’t participate on principle, even though she could try to vote in leaders that would push against statehood. Another was driving to the polls during a recent election and turned back because she heard the winner of the presidential race announced on her car radio. Hawaii is six hours behind Eastern Time.

When you find someone you like, send them a message on Twitter, YouTube, iReport, Instagram, Facebook — wherever, as long as the post is public. Just be sure to include the hashtag you see on their images — #CTL1 through #CTL6. CTL means “Change the List.” You also can send video messages to the nonvoters in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Before I go, a half-desparate appeal to civility: These people kindly and bravely agreed to be part of this experiment. Please treat them with respect. Give a piece of your story: Why do you vote? Or why is it important to you that everyone takes part in our democracy? Personal attacks will not be featured on the site.

OK, that hall-monitor moment is over. Sorry. Had to be said.

After the election, I’ll report back on which, if any, of these nonvoters changes their minds. Subscribe to the Change the List Tumblr for updates. And thanks for your help!



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