Daniel Dae KimDaniel Dae Kim is another Asian Pacific Islander ready to put his own money down for the cause.  On his Facebook page, the Hawaii Five-0 actor posted news about a contest he was running….

…but unfortunately, a day later, Kim posted that the contest was in violation of a Hawaii State Election Fraud statue and he had to remove the contest.   This is similar to the laws that outfits like Starbucks and Krispy Kreme are in violation of when they offer free food and drink for those who show their “I Voted” sticker.  This is seen as akin to a payoff for a vote — even though the nature and content of the vote are not directly affected.  I guess such offers could be construed as targeting certain people, which could have an effect on the outcome.

But hats off to Daniel anyway.  Here’s what he was going for:

Hi folks-

In an effort to encourage all of us to vote I thought I might do more than your usual PSA or well meaning-tweet. I’ve decided to hold a little online contest called #iVOTED, where the winner will get to spend some time here in paradise and visit the set of Hawaii Five-0 as my personal guest.

Here’s what you need to do to enter #iVOTED:
1. GO OUT AND VOTE! It doesn’t matter whether it’s early voting, absentee voting, or the old fashioned go-to-the-polls kind. It doesn’t even matter who you vote for. Just get out there and do your thing.

2. Show me photo proof with #iVOTED. Take a picture of yourself with your postage ready absentee ballot or the just-voted sticker– something to show me that you did your part to shape the future of our country. Then ATTACH THE PHOTO TO A TWEET AND SEND IT TO ME WITH THE HASHTAG: #iVOTED

3. Wait until November 9, when I will go through the submissions FROM THOSE WHO FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER and announce the winner!

How will I choose the winner?

I will copy all of the tweets from followers who attached their photo along with the hashtag #iVOTED and store them starting today, so early voters get just as much of a chance as those who vote on November 6th. In fact, voting early will probably help you get noticed and counted since so many more of us will be voting on Election Day.

The more definitively you can show me you #iVOTED, the better your chance of winning. If it’s kind of questionable based on the pic, I may not count you in for the final round. On the other hand, if you take the time to show me a little flair or creativity with your post or photo, it may not guarantee you’ll win, but it will definitely help you catch my eye and get put into that final selection group. From there, I’ll pool all the eligible submissions and choose someone randomly.

Once chosen, the winner will be personally contacted by me on twitter, and we’ll start making travel plans! I’ll fly you and a guest to Honolulu from wherever you live in the CONTINENTAL US, ALASKA or even HAWAII (in case you don’t live on Oahu :).

You and your guest will stay at The Modern Hotel in Waikiki (courtesy of me and the good folks there), where you’ll stay for 3 nights.

On one of those days you’ll also get to visit the set of Hawaii Five-0 as my guest and watch us shoot.

**Travel should be complete by the end of February 2013. **

That’s it! Now I’m kinda new at this whole contest thing, so I don’t know all the legal mumbo jumbo, but hopefully everyone who participates will do it in good faith just like I am. Feel free to retweet this #iVOTED link to all your friends, but be sure to tell them that if they want to participate, they must follow my account so I can be in touch with the winner.

*Finally, as a little added BONUS, on Election Day I’ll go online to hold a live #iVOTED tweet session (I’ll let you know the time later) with all those who entered, just to say thanks for doing your part.

Thanks so much for reading this very long post, and thanks even more for #iVOTED. In the election of 2000, a difference of only 536 votes decided the presidency of the United States. Your vote CAN make a difference. Let’s make it count.

Good luck! Remember, #iVOTED



Mind you, you wouldn’t have gotten to share a bed or even a hotel room with Daniel.  But you would have been going to Hawai’i….  As the islanders say, Wassamattayou!

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