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President's Message

Election time is a time of increased activity and visibility for the League. All the media print, television and radio have featured League activities recently.

In my role as Voter Service chair for the State League, I worked with the Education committee to prepare a voters guide for the Board Of Education (BOE) races for the Sept. 23 primary election. The Internet Democracy Network site,, displayed all the statements received from the candidates who responded. In addition, on September 16, the Honolulu Star Bulletin printed part of the responses from the 19 Oahu candidates who replied. League members distributed copies of this voters guide to all Oahu libraries.

On September 21, Hawaii Public Radio (FM 89.3) broadcast an hour devoted to a discussion of the BOE election and the duet site. Beth Ann Kozlovich hosted education committee chair Mary Anne Raywid and me on her weekly "Town Square" program. Additionally, Mary Anne and I will be on "Town Square" again on November 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. to discuss the importance of the election and the role of the BOE.

The dnet site was one of the few sources of information about candidates for the BOE. Television Channel 2 featured the site on its 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news programs on September 16.

My sincere thanks to Karen Ah Mai who spent many hours on the computer and telephone, installing Hawaii's structure with the Democracy Network. Mahalo also to Sharon Davis, Bernice Hayashida and Janet Mason who uploaded the candidates' replies onto the Internet. In these ways League continues its voter service effort by merging new and old technology.

Pearl Johnson

Neither nor the League of Women Voters endorses or opposes any political party, candidate, or the views expressed in the paid advertisements on DemocracyNet.

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