This is a big election year — for Hawaii and for the nation.

Look to Civil Beat for comprehensive and meaningful campaign coverage. We are tracking candidates, campaigns, issues and how money is influencing the vote.

Start with our Hawaii Elections Guide 2012 to find links to specific topic pages that will help you through the 2012 elections. Be sure to bookmark it and check back frequently; we’ll be updating with new developments through the Nov. 6 general election.

For now, look for information on:

Do you have a question about the candidates? We encourage you to drop us an email or comment on our “Change Begins With A Question” Forum if there’s something you’d like to know more about. We’ve already started fact-checking many of the statements being put out by the campaigns, and we’ll continue as the races heat up.

And please — make sure you’re registered and that you actually vote! We are making a special effort this year to help increase voter turnout in Hawaii, a state that has one of the most abysmal voting rates in the nation. We don’t care what your politics are or who you vote for, we just want you to get out there and make a difference.

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