People often ask, “Does my Vote Matter,” well, yes! Go ask Ernie Martin candidate Honolulu City Council Seat for District 2.
A political unknown though well known on the ‘North Shore,’ Ernie Martin took a chance challenging the better known John White for a seat encompassing Millilani Mauka-Wahiawa-North Shore.
A seat that has for years been held by rather colorful personalities, most recently Donovan Dela Cruz who stepped down to run for the Hawai’i State Senate. Ernie Martin won the race with a majority of forty-eight/48 votes, 11, 056 to 11,008 for John White.
The situation in State House District 38 Mililani-Mililani Mauka was quite different. Representative Democrat Marilyn Lee has been on the job long enough to gain friends as well as enemies.
Her stance on the House Bill 444 was one that generated a back lash from those who vowed to see her defeated on November 2nd 2010. Throughout the evening it appeared as if Marilyn Lee would be out of a job, but then the final tally and Marilyn Lee emerged victorious, by a whopping margin of Seventeen/17 Votes: 5,578 to 5,561 for Republican Shaun Kawakami.
Does your vote matter, the results speak volumes, not only here in Hawai’i, as does the need for an efficient elections office and the workers working the polls. As of November 4th, all Hawai’i votes have been counted, across the mainland in states big & small, there are still elections as yet undecided, votes still not counted, races in dispute, races that will hinge on a few hundred votes or fewer, so Yes, your vote does count.