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Editorial: Your Vote Matters

Saturday August 9th is primary election day in Hawaii and the reason to vote cannot be overstated. One person one vote says a lot. Casting a vote puts every single one of our voices on equal footing and casting a ballot is the single most effective way to make your voice be heard. By not voting, you giveaway your voice and your right to influence the government. The government belongs to the people and it is our responsibility to participate in how government leaders are chosen.

Hawai‘i is known to have the lowest voter turnout in the nation. Often people ask themselves if one voice can really make a difference. I’m here to tell you, first hand, that your voice matters and you can make a difference. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once 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.”

I encourage every resident of Maui County to exercise their right to make their voice heard and get to the polls to cast their vote. Your family, your children and your neighbors are all counting on you to be a part of the process so Maui County and the State of Hawai‘i are led by individuals who are supported by a true majority. Find the time on August 9th to get to the polls because your vote matters.


*Editorials reflect the opinion of the President.



About Neldon "AZD" Mamuad

Neldon "AZD" Mamuad
Neldon "AZD" Mamuad is a pioneering social media entrepreneur who created MAUIWatch to solve the problem of breaking news on Maui. He has a 10-year pedigree running successful broadcast properties on Maui. He created KJMD-FM (Da Jam 98.3) in 2002 and hosted the widely popular "Big Phat Morning Show". Neldon is a local politco, event technologist, and involved with various community organizations. He was formerly Chairman of the Maui County Liquor Control Commission in 2014.

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