Welcome to VOTE powered by MauiTimes.
It’s election season. For some, those two words inspire more eyerolls than enthusiasm. It’s easy to be cynical about politics and politicians.
But, as we argue in the following pages of this special Vote edition powered by MauiTimes, making your voice heard is important. In fact, it’s the only way democracy functions.
We’re not here to tell you who or what to vote for (or against). But we will provide you with candidate and County Charter amendment rundowns, primers on how county and state government works and how bills become laws, all the places you can drop off your ballot, how to correctly fill out your ballot in the first place, and take a dive into how noncandidate campaign money flows in Hawai‘i.
And, once you’ve done your civic duty, you can enjoy the many events listed in our No Ka Oi 9 and comprehensive islandwide calendar.
Again, it’s not about how or for whom you vote. It’s about being informed—and participating.
Mahalo as always for reading and being engaged members of the community.
READ MORE STORIES BELOW:
I’m Just a Bill Sitting on Wailuku Hill – How laws are made in Maui County
Campaign Cash – How are political campaigns funded in Hawai‘i?
Chartering a Course – A look at the baker’s dozen proposed amendments to the Maui County Charter
Stating it Out – A primer on how Hawai‘i’s state legislature works
Candidate Profiles – An overview of who’s running and how you can learn more
Your Vote Matters – It’s not just about who you vote for…it’s about participating in the process
Tips for Filling in Your Ballot – Your vote only counts if you do it right