UHPA and Honolulu Civil Beat Getting More People to Vote
Hawaii’s primary election is right around the corner on August 11. Low voter turnout has continued to be a challenge for our state, but UHPA and Honolulu Civil Beat have teamed up and come up with a solution.
As you may know, having the sound public policies that advance higher education is a priority for UHPA and UH faculty. That’s why being involved in the political process is important.
Forward this Facebook App
You can help by taking a moment to download the Facebook app developed by Honolulu Civil Beat, and forward it to your friends, family, colleagues and students. Here’s the link to the Facebook app: https://apps.facebook.com/ohs-prod/
A Non-Partisan Effort
UHPA and Honolulu Civil Beat have jointly developed and launched an innovative, non-partisan campaign to get more Hawaii residents to register to vote and to actively participate in the election process. It’s the first initiative of its kind in the state, using a newly developed Facebook app to encourage more voters, especially those 40 years and under, to be engaged in the election process in this year’s major races.
We call it Our Hawaiian Spring – after Arab Spring, the revolution that occurred in the Middle East two years ago.
Here’s How it Works
Voters have one vote per race, but they can change their vote at any time if they learn something through the campaign that changes their mind. Facebook users will be able to see running totals, which are updated in real time to see who’s leading in the different races.
Our Hawaiian Spring is designed as a game and includes resources and links to inform voters about important topics. As the game is further developed, users will be able to pull a widget from the site to access customized data.
Voters earn points for various tasks beginning with registering for the app. More points can be accumulated for voting, sharing the site via Facebook or Twitter and other elements aimed at encouraging a robust voter turnout.
Mahalo for supporting this effort to increase voter registration in the Islands.