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A new way to modernize Hawaii's voting process to encourage people to vote

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Hawaii consistently has the nation's lowest voter turnout, finishing dead last among all 50 states for the past five presidential elections.

The Grass Roots Organization, Common cause Hawaii, wants to modernize Hawaii's voting process to encourage people to vote.

With the 2018 legislative session on the horizon, their goal is to help push for automatic voter registration and a vote by mail system in which ballots would automatically be mailed to every registered voter.

They say these actions would bring the system up to speed with peoples' busy lifestyles.

"Our systems are antiquated. People like the convenience so if they have the time for example with voting by mail they can take the time to research candidates and vote when they're able to. They don't have to rush from polling place to get to their work," Corie Tanida, executive director, Common Cause Hawaii said.

Tanida says states with modern systems, like Washington and Oregon, have had more success with voter turnout, and Common Cause believes Hawaii should get on board.