Every resident of Kaua’i has a responsibility to vote in every election held
here. Voting is an unbelievably easy way to participate in the democratic
process here; it is the very minimum anyone should do.
For those who are
disillusioned here with the processes of our government, I want to remind
everyone here that each election has only a small percentage of people who are
registered voting, and only a small percentage of those eligible to register
even register. This is, unfortunately, true all over America. Most of our last
presidents have been elected by less than a quarter of the population eligible
We on Kaua’i have a small enough population that each vote counts
for very much, and if all of us who can vote would do so, we could affect an
enormous amount of change with the tiny effort it takes to go to the polls or
get an absentee ballot.
We are also small enough that any effort we take to
go beyond and do work in our communities, attend meetings, testify at planning
sessions, can have a huge effect if enough of us do it.
professes to love this island and care about what our future is has no right to
complain about our stultified political processes here if they won’t even vote
or make themselves heard. We can all break through the entrenched networks of
political alliances if we stop being complacent and participate.