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forgive me for the vague headliner,
if u live in Hawaii, why is it you can only vote in the primarys and not the end election in November? Hawaii is a USA state not territory..
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You should be able to vote in the main US election. Problem is by the time your polls close everyone else has already voted and with your 3 electoral college votes it often won't matter.
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redokami wrote:

forgive me for the vague headliner,
if u live in Hawaii, why is it you can only vote in the primarys and not the end election in November? Hawaii is a USA state not territory..


I've moved this to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum, but where did you hear that people who live in Hawaii don't vote in the national elections? That is not correct. Hawaii is a state, and US citizens would be able to vote there in the November elections.

ETA: Thanks Ravenstein - it hadn't occurred to me that this might be a case of not as many people choosing to vote, due to the time zone thing. Though of course their votes would still matter in things like choosing their own senators and representatives, not to mention state and local elections.
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lorreen wrote:


redokami wrote:

forgive me for the vague headliner,
if u live in Hawaii, why is it you can only vote in the primarys and not the end election in November? Hawaii is a USA state not territory..


I've moved this to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum, but where did you hear that people who live in Hawaii don't vote in the national elections? That is not correct. Hawaii is a state, and US citizens would be able to vote there in the November elections.

ETA: Thanks Ravenstein - it hadn't occurred to me that this might be a case of not as many people choosing to vote, due to the time zone thing. Though of course their votes would still matter in things like choosing their own senators and representatives, not to mention state and local elections.


I read it somewhere when I was looking up where I should move lol
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redokami wrote:

forgive me for the vague headliner,
if u live in Hawaii, why is it you can only vote in the primarys and not the end election in November? Hawaii is a USA state not territory..

I think you have it backwards. They can vote in the General Election in Hawaii.

- http://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/voting-in-hawaii-guide/

General Election

The General Election is a candidate contest, meaning that voters may vote for the candidate of their choice regardless of partisan and nonpartisan affiliation. Voters will select federal, state, county, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs candidates, as well as Constitutional Amendments and Charter Amendments.

However, Hawaii does not have a Presidentual Primary:

Hawaii does not conduct a presidential primary. Qualified political parties provide candidates for president and vice president, as well as electors to represent the party at the Electoral College.

I think you must have mis-read/misunderstood or the information you looked at was incorrect.

Also See:

- 8 reasons Hawaii doesn't vote
- http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/21/opinion/why-hawaii-doesnt-vote/

3. When it's 6 p.m. in Hawaii, it's midnight in Washington: The Aloha State is six hours behind Eastern Time. By the time its polls close, presidents often have been declared.
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