Upcoming Election dates & registration deadlines
Hawaii Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Any person registered to vote may cast an absentee ballot. If you cannot vote at your polling place for any reason or you will be absent from the state of Hawaii on Election Day, or you prefer to cast an absentee ballot you may vote using an absentee ballot. You may also vote at an absentee walk-in polling place before Election Day; please see Early Voting below for more details.
To request an absentee ballot by mail, you should complete an absentee ballot request form here. You can also obtain one from:
- satellite city halls
- office of the city/county clerks
- U.S. post offices
- All public libraries
- All state agencies
Requests for a mail ballot must be received by your Clerk's office seven days before an election.
You can mail or drop off the completed application at the office of the city or county clerk. You will receive your ballot and instructions on how to vote your ballot by mail.
You can request to vote by mail permanently! Just complete the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Application or submit a request online.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
In person early voting takes place at the offices of your city or county clerk. Voting begins 14 days before the election and ends two days before.
Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting. Please remember to bring proper identification when you arrive at walk-in polling places to cast your early vote. Absentee walk-in polling places are located at the offices of the city or county clerk where you reside. Contact your city/county clerk's office for more information.
The next election date is Saturday, August 8, 2020 (Primary Election). The registration deadline is Thursday, July 9, 2020,
Contact your local Board of Elections for information about local elections.
To be eligible to vote in Hawaii, you must be:
- A United States Citizen
- A legal resident of Hawaii
- At least 16 years of age, but you must be 18 years of age on the day of the election to vote*
- Not be an incarcerated felon
- Not be adjudicated mentally incompetent
*You may pre-register at 16 years old, however, you may not vote in any election until you have reached at least 18 years of age.
ID Needed for Voter Registration
It is not necessary to show any form of ID when registering to vote in person.
If you registering to vote for the first time and are mailing the application form, you must provide proof of identification. Proof of identification includes a copy of:
- A current and valid photo ID
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address
If you do not provide the required proof of identification you will be required to do so at your polling place, or with your voted absentee mail-in ballot.
ID Needed for Voting?
Poll workers may ask you provide a photo ID with a signature. However, this is not required in order to vote. If you have no ID you will be asked to give your date of birth and residence address to the poll worker in order to verify the information in the poll book.
Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application. Acceptable forms of ID include any current and valid photo ID, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Hawaii:
- You must be qualified to register to vote in Hawaii
- You must be at least 16 years old by June 30th of the election year
- Party affiliation generally required
- You must be a resident of the precinct
- You will be entitled to compensation
- New poll workers must complete required training
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polling Place Hours
The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Polling Place Locator
You will be notified of your polling place with the Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation (NVRAC) card which your county clerk will mail to you. The notice will state your voting precinct and polling place during the election and will confirm that you are properly registered to vote in the district and precinct where you live. A Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation is sent to all registered voters at their residence address every election year. A Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation is also sent after each reappointment and redistricting.
If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.
Provisional ballots are counted 20 days after the election.
Requirements for provisional voting:
- You attest that you have registered to vote, and are eligible to vote in the correct district and precinct in that election, but there is no evidence of registration
- An election official asserts that you are not eligible to vote
- You registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not provide the required ID with the registration application and did not bring ID at the polling place
Provisional voting procedures:
An election official at the polling place shall notify you that you may cast a provisional ballot in that election.
You shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place upon execution of a written affirmation (affirmation for provisional voting) on the registration affidavit form before an election official at the polling place, stating that you are:
- A registered voter in the jurisdiction where you desire to vote; and
- eligible to vote in that election
An election official shall transmit the provisional ballot to the county clerk for prompt verification. If the county clerk determines that you are eligible under state law to vote, then your provisional ballot shall be counted. You will be given a copy of the Registration Affidavit Form (RAF) with the 211 toll free number to call to verify whether their provisional ballot was counted or not, and if not, the reason that the vote was not counted.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
If you are a long stay patient at a care home or a patient unexpectedly admitted to a hospital, you are still eligible to vote. To ensure the security and integrity of election related activities at care facilities, staff members are discouraged from participating directly with a voter in the process of registering and/or voting absentee. Staff may assist only upon receiving specific authorization from the resident (voter). When asked by a voter to render assistance, care facility staff must remain nonpartisan and have at least two people NOT of the same political party present. This will help eliminate the appearance of any election irregularities while assisting a voter. In addition, staff should:
- Always be mindful of the voting rights of patients as well as their family members
- Refrain from explicit or implicit discriminatory or coercive voter registration practices, as both are prohibited
- Not collect completed voter registration forms shall unless specific authorization is provided by the clerk or chief election officer
- Mail requests for an absentee ballot directly to the local clerk
- Not copy, duplicate or otherwise make use of any information provided on registration forms. Information provided by the voter on the affidavit for registration is confidential
- If acting as an intermediary to pick up an absentee ballot, obtain a letter of authorization from the registered voter and submit it to the clerk
- Ensure that no one asks a voter to see or look at the contents of a voted ballot or choice of party
- Ensure that no one marks a voter's ballot or directs a voter without authorization
- Not attempt to vote in the name of the patient without specific authorization, as it is illegal
If you require assistance to vote by reason of physical, visual, hearing impairment or inability to read or write, you may be given assistance by a person of the your choice, except for your employer, an agent of your employer, or officer or agent of your union.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Hawaii now offers Election Day registration! You may register and vote at an Early Walk In Voting location or on Election Day at your assigned polling place. You will be asked to complete the registration affidavit and provide physical identification. Acceptable forms of ID are:
- Hawaii State ID
- Hawaii Driver's License
- Military ID
- Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government issued document showing name and address
The registration deadline for mailed applications is 30 days before the election.
You can now register to vote online! Just follow the directions on this site to complete your registration application. You must have a current Hawaii drivers license or state ID card in order to register online.
Time Off To Vote
Employers must grant employees two hours to vote, unless polls are open 2 consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. This time is paid, with proof that the vote has been cast.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration status, you can use your states' resource.
The voting machine systems used in Hawaii are optical scan and DRE.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.