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It’s hard to believe that it was 92 years ago that congress ratified the 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote. It is now taken for granted, with more women voting than men in the last election, by about 10 million, according to the Census Bureau. If you follow the news this probably explains why the whole, “Should health insurance cover contraception?” blew up so big. Mothers are voting in force and the power is in the numbers!

According to the ‘270 to win’ website, Hawaii (who joined the Union in August 1959), has voted Democratic in every election except in the 1972 and 1984 contests, when the state gave wins to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, respectively. In the last election in 2008, blue won by a landslide as Hawaiian born candidate Barack Obama pummeled John McCain by a 72% to 27% margin. Barack Obama will most likely win again over here, which has saved us from a lot of campaign ads bombarding our TVs.

Disillusionment in politics is high. The rhetoric, the empty promises, the pay to play mentality, yet I am still optimistic that if the right people are voted in, we will see positive change and a brighter future for our children. Everyone is different and we all see the world through our own eyes. I still hold on to the belief there are politicians who come into the arena to try and change their community for the better rather for self serving premises. I admire both Simon Russell and Kaniela Ing for trying to do this, even though they fall on different sides of the fence. Partisan politics has ravaged the American system like a disease, taking over Washington and local governments so much so that it is paralyzing the country and jeopardizing the future society our children will be living and trying to thrive in.

I think no matter what party you are rooting for it can be agreed that the status quo needs to change, and the only way it will change is if we vote and make a difference. So let’s be grateful this month that we live in an age and country that we can!

“Give Mother the Vote!” women’s suffrage poster, 1915. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Women’s Suffrage. N20256.

“Give Mother the Vote!” women’s suffrage poster, 1915

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