Hawaii Voter Turnout Drops Even Lower

Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

Hot races including a tight contest involving our own homegrown presidential contender couldn't shake Hawaii voters' continued apathy toward elections.

Fewer people cast ballots this year than in 2008, when Hawaii had the lowest turnout in the nation.

In recent months, that dismally low rate has gained Hawaii national attention. Locally, grassroots citizen activist organizations and others mounted major voter turnout initiatives.

But at the end of the day Tuesday, only 437,000 ballots were cast this year compared to 456,000 cast in 2008, the last presidential election year.

That amounted to 62 percent of registered voters statewide casting ballots for this election, down from 66 percent four years ago — the first time Hawaii's native son, President Barack Obama, won the White House.

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