Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Encourages Increased Voter Registration in Hawaiʻi
September 22, 2015
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), a co-sponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act, released the following statement on National Voter Registration Day:
"Voter participation in Hawai'i has been declining since 1959, and in the last few elections, our voter participation rates have been among the lowest in the country, with just half of registered voters actually turning out to vote,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Our nation is founded on the principles of an active, engaged democracy, and we are at our best when the diverse voices of our nation are heard through our citizens exercising their right to vote.
“As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: ‘Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.’ ”
For additional information on voting in Hawai'i, visit www.hawaii.gov/elections or call the Voter Hotline at (808) 453-VOTE (8683). Neighbor Islands can call 1-800-442-VOTE (8683).
Background: H.R. 12, the Voter Empowerment Act, would require every state to make online voter registration available, authorize automated and same-day registration, and make elections more accessible to the disabled and other underserved groups.