Hawaii’s Votes Actually Matter!

They Told Us We Matter!

Finally! They said on the news that our votes in the caucus would actually have an impact on who is chosen to go on the ballot! Every Presidential election is pretty much decided across the Nation while Hawaii voters are still showing up at their polling places. The time difference between here and the mainland is dramatic enough to just leave us at the tail end of the national vote count and make our votes simply the rubber stamp to the Nation’s election results. Not this time…

Media from all the networks scour the area

The lines were long and slow-moving but people were, I think, excited and shocked at the same time. People kept coming… the line kept getting longer. At Kawananakoa Middle School, my polling place, people were lined up all the way around the cafeteria, around the next building, all the way to School Street and the line was quickly backing up to Pali Highway. It just kept getting longer! It was exciting to watch and shocking to see.

Line of voters stretch across school grounds

As I approached the location where I’m designated to vote, I saw all the people… on the wrong side of the school… what are they doing on that side? Uh, the line was that long! The media had obviously picked up on things and there where news hounds wandering around with cameras hoisted on their shoulders. As it turned out, it was the same way across the island. All across the State we had a voter turnout of 37,000 — compared to about 4,000 or so at the last Presidential Caucus.

People line up all the way back to Pali Highway

What a blast! History in the making, without a doubt! The Democratic Party didn’t expect it and they were as shocked as the rest of us. People were smiling in spite of it all and giddy with amazement!

Looking out across the basketball court at the cars of people still coming to cast their votes

It’s 7:00 PM and people were still showing up and traffic was worse than it is during morning rush hour! This caucus was not only momentous in its decisiveness, but it was historic in the amount of enthusiasm and the overall body count! For Hawaii, this was amazing. Even Dan Inouye said he felt proud witnessing this and he hadn’t felt anything like it since 1962.

People line up to join and/or vote at the caucus

One lady working with the 26th precinct (that overflowed into the auditorium) said, “It hasn’t been like this for over 20 years, and I’ve been here that long.” It was hot in the auditorium with all of the bodies and the flood lights. It was kind of neat for me though… the rest of the media was in the cafeteria so this was my little piece of news coverage.

KITV4 Sets up for coverage

While trying to somehow capture all of the emotion with this post, I was listening to the news reports from the various news channels as my husband continued to channel surf in the other room… and I was squealing with delight and even more shock as the numbers started coming over the air. I knew Obama would just have to pull it off here, but I was shocked yet again as I listened to the preliminary numbers. The outcome?

Barack Obama – 74%
Hillary Clinton – 26%

The reporters were all quick to remind us that these are preliminary numbers and we will not have a final breakdown of the delegate count until maybe as late as March 1st, but man or man! These numbers are just too huge for it to swing back the other away!

There was a lot of frustration and confusion but on this night we all saw and were a part of a historic moment! We finally got to have our say and be heard. We mattered!

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Webomatica // Feb 20, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, those are some amazing lines. And I was confident Obama would win in Hawaii but not by such a large margin! 🙂

  • 2 Evelyn // Feb 21, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Hey Webomatica, thanks for dropping by and adding that! That’s it exactly! I figured we would definitely lean that way but… OMG! The best part of it all, for me at least, is that I usually vote for the candidate that the majority doesn’t vote for and I am just amazed at the strength of those numbers. I don’t vote by party, I vote for the person. What’s even more amazing is the way things are adding up across the Nation!

    I have to admit, I’m always amazed at how our numbers mirror those of the other States. That’s why I said we just “rubber stamp” what the rest of the Country does. It’s just nice to be more than an exclamation point this time. 🙂

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