Why Civic Engagement is Important

This systems map tries to explain key factors that help or hurt the quality of policy decisions in Hawaii.


Hawaii ranks 51st in 2012 among the states and Washington, D.C., for voter turnout in 2012, measured as a percentage of eligible voters who actually voted. The Hawaii turnout was 44.5 percent. Eligible voters include those people who meet the requirements for voting, whether they are registered to vote or not. Minnesota had the highest turnout: 76.1 percent. There is a narrower measure of voter turnout: votes cast as a percentage of registered voters. Hawaii also ranks low by that measure, 62 percent in 2012. Source: Report called America Goes to the Polls 2012 by the nonprofit VOTE.

Public Policy Sub-Map

Understanding how public policy is made in Hawaii.

Click on any of the loops (start with the R15 loop: Trust in Government) to learn more and explore the map.