#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.

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Vote as if your life depended on it! In some way, some day it will....
  4. For every person in every country in the world that CAN'T vote, you should not squander the privilege.
  5. 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.
  6. For every person in every country in the world that CAN'T vote, you should not squander the privilege.
  7. Shirley Thomas12:45 PM You have to believe you matter to believe your vote matters. I believe that's a good first step.
  8. 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.
  9. Nan Palmero, MBA12:09 PM I don't really believe my vote matters much either, but I vote to honor my friends that risk their lives to guarantee my freedom to do so. Loving them is reason enough to make time to cast my ballot.
  10. #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."
  11. I haven't ever been to Hawaii;one should vote if they only want to and think it would really help. I don't really like politics,haven't had an interest in what the candiates say or do in years.
  12. Sad to read this. One vote do count. It can mean a candidate winning or losing. And he is from President Obama's home-town. Cheers from Malaysia.
  13. I am an immigrant from africa this is my second time voting and I know it matters .that one vote matters
  14. remember if you dont vote and the person that ends up in office that you did not want there ... then it is you are part of the problem and not the solution
  15. Haven't missed an election since the Nixon disaster. You want Another Nixon?
  16. 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.
  17. Carlos Ochoa4:03 PM If you vote for Jill Stein, you may get your island back!
  18. Convince Paul Hewlett to vote! Send him a message on YouTube or Twitter with the hashtag #CTL1. "I've never voted in my life," Hewlett told me when I met him on a beach in Hawaii. "I don't think my...