Convince Paul Hewlett to vote! Send him a message on YouTube or Twitter with the hashtag #CTL1. “I’ve never voted in my life,” Hewlett told me when I met him on a beach in Hawaii. “I don’t think my one vote is going to make any difference.” You could convince him otherwise. This project is part of CNN’s Change the List. Our goal is to boost Hawaii off the bottom of the voter turnout ranking. #changethelist
Did you know that Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout in the United States? We’re trying to change that, one voter at a time. You can convince Paul Hewlett to vote by sending him a message at #CTL1 on various social networks, or uploading a video to iReport.
… wait a second: So, the only way this guy’s gonna vote is if CNN starts up a hashtag campaign for him? I just did a check of the entries, and there are (as of this writing) a total of two tweets in favor of this guy voting. (EDIT: Now there are more. Must’ve just put it on TV or something.)
Can we twist this man’s arm? Can we make him walk away from the beach for 20 minutes so he has to use a computer and learn something about politics?
CNN, this is sad. Rather than doing your job as a news outlet and convincing people to vote based on the issues important to them, you’re trying to make this a reality TV competition. And it’s not working. Because it’s a transparently awful idea.