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Trump meets with Martin Luther King III on Monday to discuss voting rights
01/16/17 |
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 17:00
Excerpt: 

The private session at Trump Tower with civil rights advocates, on the same day the nation is honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, represented a mix of symbolism and substance. King III has campaigned for years to establish a form of free government photo identification that could make it easier for Americans who lack a driver’s license or other official ID to cast ballots. He and the other attendees, including the Rev. James A. Forbes, have urged Trump to endorse the idea of making such identification free. ...

According to one of the meeting’s participants, who asked for anonymity to discuss a private conversation, Trump expressed a serious interest in making photos available on Social Security cards and said he would study the issue in further detail. ...

Proponents of the voter card emphasize that it will be voluntary, rather than universal, and said it represents a rational response to the fact that voter ID laws are poised to proliferate given Republicans’ recent gains on the state and federal level.

“We’re going to end up with more and more voter ID laws,” said American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norman Ornstein. “And that’s a reality, and the question pragmatically is, what is the best way to deal with it?”

Ornstein noted that looking at minority turnout in the 2016 presidential election results, “It was down more in states with strict laws than in states without it."

Martin Luther King III: Trump agrees the voting system is broken. Here’s how he can fix it.
01/14/17 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

[W]e can agree that every citizen should have the unfettered opportunity to vote. Indeed, my concern is not how people vote, but simply that they vote. ...

Fortunately, President-elect Trump agrees. Throughout the campaign, he consistently reminded the electorate that the system is broken.

Even more fortunately, it is indisputable that nonpartisan, common-sense solutions are available. In 2014, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton endorsed my friend Andrew Young’s proposal that all citizens be able to obtain a photo ID card that would meet the voting requirements in every state. Following the event, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly voiced his support for the plan, saying they were “doing the country a service” and declaring, “Let’s get the pictures on the Social Security card, stop the nonsense and be a responsible country.” As Young has said, “The challenge with voter ID laws isn’t the requirement to show ID, it’s that so many people lack ID. That is the problem that needs to be fixed — and not just for voting. In today’s world, you can’t open a bank account without a photo ID — and the only people happy about that are check cashers.” ...

[A]t the end of the day, the right to vote is not a Republican right or a Democratic right — it is an American right. If Trump enables more Americans to exercise that right in future elections, he will be able to say that in no small measure he really did make America great again.
 

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016

http://elections.hawaii.gov/about-us/calendar/

Election Day:

The polls open on Election Day, November 8, 2016, at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.

Hawaii allows mail-in ballots and early in-person voting, which begins on October 25, 2016 and ends November 5, 2016. http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FS500VS001-Early-Voting.pdf

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can identify your polling location by calling 1-808-453-VOTE (8683) or looking it up online at http://elections.hawaii.gov/.

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Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines:

You must register to vote at least thirty days before the election, by October 10, 2016, at 4:30 pm. 

Even if a voter misses the October 10 deadline, she can still register and vote.  At Early Walk-In voting locations, qualified Hawaii residents may register and vote on the same day. Early voting runs from October 25 to November 5. Early voting sites are listed at http://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/early-voting/.   

How to Check Your Registration: You can confirm whether you are registered to vote at http://elections.hawaii.gov/ or call 1-808-453-VOTE (8683).  Neighbor Islands may call toll free at 1-(800) 442-VOTE (8683).   Be prepared to provide name, residence address, and date of birth in order to verify your status.

Registration Eligibility: To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States that is 18 years of age or older and be a resident of Hawaii. 

How to Register: You may register online at http://elections.hawaii.gov/ or print and complete an application [http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/VR-PAB-English.pdf] and return it to your Clerk’s office [http://elections.hawaii.gov/resources/county-election-divisions/].

Applications are available at any of the following locations:

Office of Elections

Clerk’s Offices

State Libraries

U.S. Post Offices

State Agencies

Satellite City Halls

You may visit the Office of Elections or your Clerk’s Office to submit an application in person.

Identification Required for Registration: If you are registering to vote for the first time in Hawaii and are mailing in your application, you must provide proof of identification.

Proof of identification includes a copy of:

  • A current and valid photo identification; or
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

If you do not provide the required proof of identification with the application, you will be required to do so at you polling place or with your mail ballot.

If You Want to Vote Early

Hawaii allows early voting, which begins on October 25, 2016 and ends November 5, 2016. http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FS500VS001-Early-Voting.pdf

If You Want to Vote Absentee

In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote.   

You can vote absentee by mail by requesting an absentee ballot by November 1, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. To do so, complete the following form, https://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AB-Form-English.pdf, and submit it to your Clerk’s office, or use the online form at http://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/early-voting/.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Precinct officials may request that voters provide identification, and a voter must provide proper identification if requested by a precinct official.

VoteRiders has created Hawaii voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving Between Counties

Prior to the registration deadline, the voter should notify the clerk of the Board of Elections office in the voter’s NEW COUNTY.  If the person is otherwise legally eligible to register and has updated their registration before the deadline, the voter should be on the rolls at the appropriate precinct in the voter’s new county. 

On Election Day, the voter may go to the voter’s new polling place and apply to transfer his or her voter registration to the voter’s new precinct on a form provided at the polling place.  Any person so transferring voter registration shall be immediately added to the register of the new precinct and may vote only at the new precinct. 

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for

absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to vote by mail in primary, general, and special elections

for federal offices; and to allow these individuals to use a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the

general election for federal offices.

Who are UOCAVA Voters?

  • Members of the United States Uniformed Services and the merchant marine and their family members
  • United States citizens residing outside of the United States

All military and overseas voters must be registered to vote in order to obtain a ballot. UOCAVA voters can register by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completed FPCA must then be received by or postmarked to the Clerk’s Office no later than 30 days prior to an election to be added to the voter rolls.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing a FPCA and returning it to their Clerk’s Office no later than 7 days prior to an election.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens may send and receive voting materials by fax and email. Voted ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by the close of polls on Election Day. For the 2016 general election that deadline is November 8, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/FS516VS001-Military-and-Overseas-Voters.pdf

A person sentenced for a felony, from the time of the person’s sentence until the person’s final discharge, may not vote in an election, but if the person is placed on probation or the person is paroled after commitment to imprisonment, the person may vote during the period of the probation or parole.

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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