#CTL1: Convince Paul to vote!
Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in the nation. CNN is trying to change that. "I’ve never voted in my life,” Paul Hewlett told me when I met him on a beach in Hawaii. “I don’t think my one vote is going to make any difference.” Send him a message and tag it #CTL1. He's open to convincing.
- Really Paul? I love Hawaii too and all that it has to offer.... Your vote matters in this election more than any other. Look how close the vote was between Bush and Gore and then tell me your vote doesn't matter! I would guess too that there are other things on Hawaii's ballot that you might see as more relevant to you day-to-day life. As a citizen of the state of Hawaii and the U.S. inform yourself and engage. Not sure if you have children or not - but their future depends on your vote as well!
- To those who think their vote does not matter or does not count because the election will be decided before you vote, I can see your point. But that is going to be true of most of the voters in this country. There are going to be well over 100 million votes cast. Mine will be one of them, although I am voting in a state where the winner is clear, regardless of who I vote for. But the fact that I voted means that candidates in the future have to pay attention to my state. The fact that I voted makes this election a more valid and legitimate one than it would be if I had not voted. Regardless of whether my candidate wins or not, the fact that the winner was elected after many millions of people cast their votes means that he has earned the right to govern. That alone makes a for a better country. My participation alone does not mean much. My participation with millions of others means a tremendous amount. And the fact that I voted gives me more of a right to complain about the candidates who win, regardless of whether I voted for them. I voted. They were elected. Now it is their job to represent me. I hope all of you make it to the polls.
- Put simply, from one local to another: you should vote because it’s your civic duty. You should vote because there are pressing issues not just in Hawaii but on the mainland that will shape the way we experience our next four years. (For example: rail, rights for Native Hawaiians, health care, who gets in the Supreme Court should any of the Justices retire or pass away.) And as we say in Hawaii: no vote, no grumble. Your vote is your voice. If you don’t speak up, then don’t expect others to sympathize if you’re unhappy with the way things are going.
- Voting is a right that none of us should squander. Our right to vote is built up the sacrifice of countless others. For me, I gained that right through the sacrifice of my grandfathers. My paternal-grandfather fought in Germanyto rid the world of an oppressive regime who opposed the very rights we take for granted here. I also vote to honor the sacrifice of my maternal-grandfather, who in 1920 left his family and all he owned in Mexico to start a new life here inAmerica. Each of us Americans have an obligation not only to our forefathers who sacrificed much but to those of us who are coming after to us. That they may inherit a country that imperfect as it is remains the only country where we its citizens are truly free and have the right to chose their and their country's own destinies.
- #CTL1 The right to vote was earned in blood. To quote John Stuart Mill, "A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- Voting is your constitutional right. You are from Hawaii and so is the president. Born and raised no doubt look at how so many people view his birth in Hawaii and not legit. Don't continue to let people think that because you are born on the beautiful islands that you are not a true American. Regardless of who you are voting for you do make a difference.. EVERY VOTE COUNTS.
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- Emily Luo#CTL1 AAAAAAAAA2012-10-26T04:28:44.706Z
- Emily Luoaaaaaa2012-10-26T04:21:04.153Z
- PcblotterWhat if everyone was like you...apathetic? The world would not become a better place!2012-10-25T05:21:53.427Z
- Kevin J. MellisVote for me - I'm Canadian - Canada needs a solid president who cares - Obama cares - the other dude doesn't even know where Canada is..... 2012-10-25T00:28:51.818Z
- Ricardo VelaBecause you pay taxes.2012-10-25T00:21:44.379Z
- T.c. NybergI would personally reccomend that you DO NOT vote as I do not either. These elections are one of the biggest jokes I see every four years. Nothing but lies...I would personally reccomend that you DO NOT vote as I do not either. These elections are one of the biggest jokes I see every four years. Nothing but lies, bashing, and broken promises. We are in trouble either way until we finally get rid of the two party system.more2012-10-25T00:07:27.711Z
- Ilene Mack-ZaghloulI was 18 when my classmates were drafted to go to Vietnam for an undeclared war, however, at 18 we were unable to vote. We protested and won the right to vote...I was 18 when my classmates were drafted to go to Vietnam for an undeclared war, however, at 18 we were unable to vote. We protested and won the right to vote. Every election since I have. Voting is a privlege, not a right and many people in many countries have died for that privlege. Please, please vote! It doesn't matter the candidate (althought it would be nice if you voted the same party as I am)., it just matters that you don't let that privlege escape you. more2012-10-24T23:41:45.939Z
- Misty Eppsthere are more then just 2 parties to choose from. there are currently 6 "major" candidates. the media likes to show us only 2. very rude of them no?2012-10-24T23:27:55.827Z
- Diane Montgomery RaymondWouldn't it be amazing if Romney and Obama were tied on election night. And the deciding vote was from Hawaii who the next president will be. What if Hawaiians...Wouldn't it be amazing if Romney and Obama were tied on election night. And the deciding vote was from Hawaii who the next president will be. What if Hawaiians denied Obama a second term? Think about it Hawaii - Obama's birth place and home denies him a second term because people there are apathetic about taking ten minutes to go vote. How many Hawaiians have been President? This election you could change the way the country heads. Vote please Mahalomore2012-10-24T23:25:00.688Z
- Luz Duranclick this link http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/ he is the third party maybe if your convince with him you can spread the word. 2012-10-24T22:49:25.392Z