Our votes are our voice in determining our future and the future of our ohana, our Hawaii, and our country.
At a time when far too many eligible Hawaii voters may be demoralized and feel hopeless, we need to rededicate ourselves to increasing participation among eligible voters.
The 2020 Elections are the first ones in Hawaii where all voters statewide will be voting by mail! Hawaii is very fortunate to have adopted voting by mail when we did. We showed the nation that mail-in voting, especially during a pandemic, is how people prefer to vote. Hawaii increased voter turnout by nearly 16% for the 2020 August Primary Election over the 2016 Presidential Primary Election!
Voting by mail is safe, secure, and convenient! And while many prefer to vote-by-mail, Hawaii still has Voter Service Centers open across the state for people to same day register to vote and vote, cast in-person ballots, and obtain other necessary in-person election services.
Common Cause Hawaii wants to make sure that everyone knows how to vote-by-mail, where Voter Service Centers are located to obtain in-person services, and drop boxes are located to deposit voted ballots.
As Hawaii implements voting by mail for the 2020 Elections, Common Cause Hawaii has a non-partisan volunteer Election Protection program to provide voter protection and information services to ensure that no eligible voter is denied the chance to vote.
- Common Cause Hawaii will hold webinars about the vote-by-mail process, including pertinent deadlines, how to vote-by-mail, where to return voted ballots, how to vote in-person if necessary, and more.
- Common Cause Hawaii will have drop box and voter service center non-partisan volunteer Election Protection monitors. These monitors will provide information and report bad practices to our team to resolve them with election officials.
- Common Cause Hawaii will have non-partisan Election Protection volunteers text registered voters with vote-by-mail information.
- Common Cause Hawaii will have non-partisan Election Protection volunteers conduct social media monitoring for misinformation / misinformation and report it to our team to resolve.
- Common Cause Hawaii will have non-partisan Election Protection volunteers and a team of legal experts staffing the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline. This is crucial to informing voters of their rights, to helping elections officials handle problems in real time, and to notify legal teams when the courts’ interference is needed.
Common Cause Hawaii wants to make sure that people in Hawaii are able to vote, know how to vote, and be able to vote. Our non-partisan Election Protection volunteer effort ensures that no eligible voter is denied the chance to vote.
It is also this effort that facilitates our year-round work to advance strong voting reform: we note patterns or practices during the election, bring problems to the attention of elections officials and administrators, and work with them to arrive at common sense solutions together. With this “all hands on deck” approach, we advance improved elections systems.