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VOLUME 22 HAWAII COUNTY OFFICE OF AGING ISSUE 1 <br />The Silver Bulletin <br /> <br /> <br />New Year Brings Changes <br />As we are well on our way into the New Year, 2020 itself will bring with it many new changes. Not <br />only did we celebrate the beginning of a new year, 2020 also begins the start of a new decade. Just <br />as each new year marks the beginning of a cycle of new events, so each new decade begins the <br />cycle of events that happen once every ten years. We, at the Office of Aging would like to share <br />with you, two very important events that the year 2020 will usher in. <br />First, beginning with the 2020 Elections, no polling places will be <br />established. During last State Legislative session, the State Legislature <br />passed a bill changing election procedures to mailed ballots beginning <br />with the 2020 Election year. This means that not just individuals voting <br />absentee will receive mail ballots. With some exceptions, all individual will <br />receive mail ballots. Also, in place of polling places each county will <br />establish voter service centers. Please take the opportunity now to <br />visit www.elections.hawaii.gov. For language assistance, you may call the Office of <br />Elections at: 808-453-VOTE (8683). <br />Second, with the start of a new decade a new census will be taken. Every ten years our nation <br />conducts the Decennial Census, managed and implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, <br />Bureau of the Census. We may at times ask ourselves what is the purpose of the census, and how <br />important is it? The information gathered through the census, is used to get a broader sense about <br />the population in general. This information then is used to calculate the number of seats that each <br />state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The information is also used to determine <br />which communities and programs will receive federal funding, and how much. One of these <br />programs that are impacted by the census are programs that provide services to the elderly. <br />Finally, with the first month of 2020 behind us it will not be long until these two events will be upon <br />us. The Office of Aging would like to encourage each one to learn and be informed about the new <br />vote by mail election procedure. Every vote counts! Please be a part of the process. Also, please <br />participate in the 2020 Census. Every individual counts! The final count will impact us all for the <br />next ten years. By participating in both events, we will have a part in shaping the future for our <br />country, state, and county. <br /> <br />