HONOLULU — As ballots are delivered to residents across the state, the newly formed Hawai‘i State Youth Commission and nonpartisan, non-candidate, 501(c)(3) nonprofit Every1ne Hawai‘i have co-created and launched Hawai‘i’s first interactive, issues-based voter guide.
In response to the large increase in young and first-time voters this election season, the two organizations designed the guide to help voters navigate candidates based upon how their views align with their own.
A questionnaire was sent to all candidates in Hawai‘i’s general election, asking candidates to answer whether they are “For, Against or Undecided” on issues of concern for Gen Z and Millennials.
Contributors for the questionnaire ranged in age, ethnicity, socioeconomic background and geographic location throughout the islands.
Responses then populated individual candidate profiles, providing voters the opportunity to familiarize themselves with candidate positions on various issues.
Voters can navigate the candidate guide by browsing specific issues they care about, such as climate change, social justice, housing, Native Hawaiian rights, health care, the economy and education.
From there, voters can “build their ballot” by browsing which candidates running for specific seats align with views of their own.
“Throughout this election season, we were in communication with Every1ne Hawai‘i to find a project we could work on together to increase young voter engagement,” said Lauren Yamaguchi, a member of the Hawai‘i Youth Commission.
”When the opportunity to collaborate on this voter guide was presented, our commission unanimously supported the project. It aligned perfectly with our mission,” said Yamaguchi.
Constituents across the state are encouraged to reach out to candidates who have chosen to not yet participate in the voting guide. Check out the voting guide at vote2020.every1neHawaii.com or linked from Every1ne Hawai‘i’s website.