Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hawaii Forgot to Vote for Obama?

Could it be, that the President of the United States was not supported by all in his home state of Hawaii? As it turns out, Hawaii’s voter turnout of 51.8% was the lowest of all 50 states in 2008!

Only 53.5% of Hawaii’s total population was registered to vote last year - making Hawaii the lowest state with registered voters, despite having Hawaii born and raised (and now President!) Barack Obama representing the Democratic Party.
The top five states for voter turnout were Minnesota (75%), New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Maine (71.2%), and Louisiana (70.3%). The U.S. Census Bureau report was released on Monday, and concluded that about 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, which was an increase of about 5 million from the 2004 election.

What's interesting to note is that the increase in voters was made up of 2 million more black voters, 2 million more Hispanic voters and about 600,000 more Asian voters, while the number of non-Hispanic white voters remained mostly unchanged. If you want to see more results from the report, head to the Census website.


Mike Foley said...

Isn't the election usually already decided by the time most Hawaiians get home from work?

Kris Nelson said...

I was thinking the same thing as Mike, other than the previous election, which I recall was going down to the wire when islands got to vote.

They should let the residents of Hawaii vote on Monday and then keep those results under wraps until everyone else votes on Tuesday