Hawaii has THE lowest voter turnout in the nation.
“Why vote? It’s a done deal.” That’s what so many people say.
But what if you found out that not voting can cost you money? Can make your life harder? Would you be motivated to vote then? Would you be motivated to run for office then?
Hidden Brain reports on a recent study showing that residents who live in districts that are heavily gerrymandered – where politicians know they are likely to win reelection – have a harder time getting credit. Meaning, they had a harder time getting a loan to buy a car or a house.
The study was looking at whether lack of political competition has a financial impact on people.
They found that politicians who feel secure about reelection are less likely to push for regulations protecting consumers.
In contrast, in areas where politicians are less secure in their reelection, they are more responsive to the needs of people in their districts, and are more willing to push for reforms for the average consumer.
This was true regardless if the secure politicians were democratic or republican – and regardless if the insecure politicians were democratic or republican.
I can attest from first hand experience every politician I’ve worked with in the State Legislature these past six years is more responsive when we face competition, and when we are up for election. Even without competition, no one wants a lot of blank votes, so we work harder to respond to the people in our district.
Vote this year. Raise Hawaii’s voter turnout. Get more responsive politicians.
You can listen to the Hidden Brain summary here: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/01/607303602/in-gerrymandered-districts-constituents-likely-to-lose-economic-security