Hawaii ranked near the bottom in the U.S. in elections performance according to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2012 Elections Performance Index (EPI) released earlier this week.
The online EPI visualization tool gives a side-by-side comparison of elections performance between states.
Overall, the report found that states did better in 2012 than they did in 2008. Only 10 states did worse, including Hawaii that dropped 4.6 percentage points.
Pew’s research found that Hawaii was the only state with a below 50 percent voter turnout in 2008 and a dismal 44.5 percent turnout in 2012.
Hawaii also ranked at the bottom for voter registration percentage.
Note that this study is based on an estimation of eligible voters, and Hawaii is unique as the state has a high number of military personnel and dependents.
The study also found a positive with Hawaii passing HB1755 HD2 SD2 CD1 in 2012 to implement online voter registration. The law states that the feature will be implemented for the 2016 elections.
Hawaii also allows for permanent mail-in absentee voting and walk-in absentee voting before the set election.
More information about voting in Hawaii:
- State of Hawaii, Office of Elections
- Voter registration & permanent absentee form (PDF)
- Absentee application (PDF)
- Polling place locator
Key dates to remember:
- Primary Registration Deadline: July 10, 2014
- Primary Absentee Application by: August 2, 2014
- Primary Election: August 9, 2014
- General Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014
- General Absentee Application by: October 28, 2014
- General Election: November 4, 2014
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