So much for it being a failure.

Courtesy of the Star-Advertiser

Skeptics of Hawaii’s first large-scale effort at mail-in voting were proven wrong when island voters Saturday night destroyed all previous records for the number of ballots cast in a primary election.

Hawaii voters crushed the record for the number of votes cast in a primary election — 380,152, shattering the previous statehood-era best of 309,700 primary votes set in 1994.

Honolulu voters also set an Oahu record for votes cast in a primary election — 256,344. The previous Honolulu record for a primary election of 225,406 votes cast was recorded in 1994.

“I’m a skeptic and I’m surprised to the extent that the turnout has increased,” said retired University of Hawaii political science professor Neal Milner. “The elephant in the room is that we changed one thing that was pretty obvious: The fact that we went to an all-mail ballot.”

Colin Moore, a UH associate professor of political science and director of the Public Policy Center at UH, said he was “happy to be proven wrong, absolutely.”

“I’m surprised by the interest,” Moore said. “I didn’t predict this would happen. I really didn’t think there was a whole lot of interest in this primary. I thought people weren’t paying attention.”

This is what really terrifies the conservatives about mail-in voting. 

It is not that there will be fraud or that people will steal the ballots, it is that vastly more people can participate in the process once voting is made easier. 

The entire GOP model for winning elections is based on voter suppression, and voting by mail removes that tool from their arsenal. 

It is not as if Republicans cannot win elections, it is just that they will have to now do it by making good arguments rather than by closing polling stations or limiting access to early voting. 

Trump on the other hand is definitely going to lose big if we make voting by mail a national policy.