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President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
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Letters from Leaguers (Sam Szucs)
Letters from Leaguers - 2 (Mildred Walston)
Citizen's Petition - The National Voter Registration Act
Q & A on Voter Registration Reform Legislation
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LWV-Hawaii Convention 1991



May 6, 1991

Honolulu's proposed rail system, according to the City, will cut traffic congestion by one or two per cent over what it would be with an up-to-date and expanded bus system.

But a recent report from the US Department of Transportation says that far higher reductions in commuter hour congestion could be achieved by measures to reduce peak hour automobile travel demand.

The study lists case studies of the actual experiences by a number of mainland cities and metropolitan areas. In these cities specific and coordinated programs were set up, including car and van pooling, lanes restricted to transit vehicles and multi-passenger cars, priority treatment for such vehicles at ramps and entrances to expressways, and preferential parking at destinations.

Other measures used were financial incentives, such as direct subsidies to multiple occupancy cars, discounted bus fares, and cheaper parking rates favoring high occupancy vehicles. In addition, shifting work hour schedules to less congested times was used in some places.

In the 27 cases analyzed, peak hour vehicle trips were reduced by up to 48 per cent, with an over all average reduction of over 20 per cent. Yet, our City administration insists on going ahead with its plans to build ruinously expensive and aesthetically destructive rail.



April 15, 1991

We congratulate the City Council for passing Bill 13 establishing a building moratorium in Waikiki.

The focus is now on the Master Plans being formulated on the one hand by the City's Department of General Planning and on the other hand by the broad-based citizen's organization, Vision 2020. The race is won and the contest begins! Who can come up with a better plan? The public will have many opportunities to express its opinion before the final decision is made.

The Waikiki we envision is a planned mixture of high-rise and low buildings, with lush greenery and pedestrian promenades, with view planes from the ocean to the mountains, with open space and water.

This Waikiki will be home to thousands. of island residents as well as a prime visitor destination.

If a convention center for local and visitor use is necessary, the recently proposed Ala Wai Golf Course plan merits serious consideration.

Whatever the final master plan is to be, it must be able to be implemented to become a reality and not just another great idea put on the shelf to gather dust. This is why we needed the moratorium.


April 22, 1991

The Neighborhood Board election completed last week was less than satisfactory. Once again, as was true two years ago, thousands of ballots were invalidated and not counted because voters either forgot to or chose not to sign the return envelope.

As with absentee ballots in State and County elections and in many Union mail-in elections conducted by the League of Women Voters, signatures are required to verify the eligibility of the voter. Although State and City elections are electronically counted, this part of the process is manual.

The fear some voters have that the secrecy of the ballot is somehow destroyed when they sign the return envelope is unfounded. Checking the signatures for eligibility is the first part of the counting process. The second is to remove the ballot envelope from the return envelope. Thousands of return envelopes are processed in one sitting. By the time the ballot is removed from the ballot envelope, there is no conceivable way this ballot can be identified with a particular voter. Thus the secrecy of the ballot is always maintained.

For those of you who are now or will be involved in the voting process soon, remember to sign the return envelope if it is a requirement or your ballot will be thrown out and you are the loser.

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