By Jeff King
Finally! “Are we there yet?” can be affirmatively answered. Election Day is Beautiful…Wish You Were Here.
Even the unstoppable lava flow seems to be on hold while mere mortals pause to consider who will lead us for the next two, four or six years in races ranging from County Council to Governor to Senator. Across Hawai’i there are 232 polling places open until 6 p.m., today. There’s one near you. Even the polling places plagued by the possibilities of Pele’s Prodigious Plodding remain open – almost as if by her blessing.
Maui County has 41 polling sites, including Lana’i and Moloka’i. There are 85,869 registered voters in Maui County. Only one in three voted in the primary. That ignominious distinction makes Maui’s the lowest voter turnout – as a county – in the nation’s lowest voter turnout state.
Don’t know about you…but I’m not putting that on a bumper sticker.
They say no vote, no grumble. Yet, tomorrow at work there will likely be grumbling. Monsanto and their associated “citizens” will likely begin to wonder if some $73 per voter was too high a price to pay for a mid-term plebiscite, and then it will all likely return to business as usual.
Races to watch: All…especially the GMO moratorium, the race for governor and some hotly contested seats on the Maui County Council.
I have met every candidate running on this year’s ballot on Maui. No brag – just fact. I have been consistently impressed with the passion of the newcomers and win, lose or draw (but, please…no draw)…Maui and the state have some extremely caring people who see things that need attention. They want us to give them the opportunity to attend to those things.
I’ve voted. I hope you have. And I hope you will join Kathy Collins and me for live election coverage tonight beginning at 6 p.m. on AKAKU: Maui Community Television on cable channels 53, 54 and 55 and streamed live across the globe on www.akaku.org. Audio will also be carried live on KAKU-FM, 88.5.