Opinion

Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate

Published 9:56 AM ET, Sun October 21, 2012
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The preservation of Honolua Bay, a popular surf spot, is the biggest political issue in West Maui. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Volunteers from Kanu Hawaii go door to door convincing people to vote — for anyone. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Maiya Smith, a student at the high school President Obama's attended, created an online video to try to convince people to vote. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout rate in the nation in 2008. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Kanu Hawaii volunteers canvass some areas of Oahu with low rates of voter participation. Edythe McNamee/cnn
One Hawaii resident says politics don't "flow" in this relaxed, island environment. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Kawika Crowley says he is running for a U.S. House seat while living in his van. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Crowley, a Republican, stands by the highway trying to intrigue new voters. Edythe McNamee/cnn
Volunteers discuss strategies for encouraging new voters. Their best: just asking someone to vote. Edythe McNamee/cnn
The fact that Hawaii is six hours behind Eastern Time discourages participation. Edythe McNamee/cnn