On the first anniversary of the launch of Civil Beat’s partner website, HuffPost Hawaii, the Pod Squad welcomed that site’s editor, Chloe Fox, to the podcast. Fox joined host Chad Blair and Civil Beat Editor Patti Epler in a discussion about the recent Civil Beat editorial calling on Hawaii to adopt a vote-by-mail system.
In defense of the status quo, Blair noted some people “feel like it’s their duty and their privilege — they love walking into the polling place and standing in line and then casting their vote.”
Fox responded: “That’s a serious issue and it’s really difficult for people to let go of that. But what they’re seeing especially in Oregon and Washington (which have converted to all-mail ballots) so far is that people are creating new civic traditions to rally around. So lots of people are really enjoying the feeling of voting with their family around the kitchen table and incorporating their children in the democratic process and explaining — talking about issues.
The trio also addresses why Civil Beat is ratcheting up the work of its editorial board with weekly opinion pieces. Fox and Epler are members of the editorial board, along with Civil Beat Publisher Pierre Omidyar, Deputy Editor Eric Pape and Managing Editor Richard Wiens.
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