Back in October of 2012, the people at CNN took it upon themselves to remedy the problem of low voter turnout by launching their “Change The List” campaign. The initiative noted the fact that the state of Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout during the 2008 election and set out to fix it. CNN asked people to tweet encouragements at Hawaiian voters, do stuff with Instagram and leave comments on YouTube, all in an effort to ‘convince’ random people in Hawaii to go vote.

Today, Hawaii proudly stands in 49th place in voter turnout. When CNN launched its campaign, West Virginia was 49th, so it makes sense that moving Hawaii out of that spot would, in all likelihood, drop the Mountain State into last place.

#CTLCNN: The results are in!


This is journalism as democracy. You voted. And I’ll cover your top five picks as part of the CNN Change the List project. 

Drum roll please .. 

And the winners are: 

1. America’s widening rich-poor gap (16,789 votes)

2. Illegal animal trade (13,276 votes)

3. Where rape is most common (12,996)

4. The world’s poorest children (12,820)

5. America’s most endangered river (12,002)

See the full list on Thanks to all who voted! 

More than 32K votes in all. So cool.

cnn columnist

john d. sutter - cnn columnist