Hawaii Voter Registration Information

State

VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: The affidavit on application for Voter Registration must be received by the City or County Clerk where you reside no later than 4:30 p.m. 30 days before the election.

Party Affiliation: Hawaii conducts a Single Party Primary Election. Voters are allowed to vote for only one political party (a single color coded section).



VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age: At least 18 years of age on election day. Hawaii allows an individual who is
otherwise qualified to register and is at least sixteen years of age, to preregister
upon satisfactory proof of age and be automatically registered upon reaching age eighteen.


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of the State of Hawaii.
a resident must maintain a residence in the State of Hawaii and intend to make Hawaii their permanent residence at the time of registration.

Mental Competency: Must not be adjudicated mentally incompetent

Felony Convictions: Voting rights are restored automatically after release from prison. More information here.

ID Requirements:
   -A current and valid photo identification; or
   -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 with this Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration, you will be required to do so at your polling place, or with your voted absentee mail-in ballot.

Other Voter Registration Qualifications: Voters must re-register after doing any of the following:
   -You legally change your name
   -You moved since the last election and your residence is now a different location in the State of Hawaii
   -You changed your mailing address in the State of Hawaii since the last election.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Hawaii voter registration forms or download a form.

In person:
-Visit the Office of the City or County Clerk where you reside to complete a Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form.
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Satellite City Hall
- Public libraries
- U.S. Post Offices
- Phone Directory
- State services agencies
- University of Hawaii System

By mail/ in writing: Mail the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form to the Office of the City or County Clerk where you reside.

By fax: Contact your local City or County Clerk's office or faxing options.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: Visit your City or County Clerk's website for verification of voter registration status.

Phone: You can also contact your County Election Official to verify your voter registration.


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:

   - 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, you may vote using an absentee ballot.
   - You may also vote at an absentee walk-in polling place before election day.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Online form available, for more absentee application information visit Hawaii's website.

In person: Applications are available at:
   - Satellite City Halls
   - Office of the City/County Clerks
   - U.S. Post Offices
   - all public libraries
   - all state agencies
  In addition you may vote absentee in person by walking into absentee polling places located at the offices of the city or county clerk where you reside. For additional locations and hours of operations contact your City or County Clerk where you reside.

By mail:
Complete an Application for Absentee Voter Ballot.
 Applications are available at:
    - Satellite City Halls
    - Office of the City/County Clerks
    - U.S. Post Offices
    - all public libraries
    - all state agencies
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.

Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voting may register by absentee ballot which must be received by 7 days before an election, ballots are to be received by the close of polls on election day. Hawaii provides a fact sheet for military and overseas voters.

Emergency Voting: No emergency voting procedures are available in Hawaii.

Other absentee ballot information:
Permanent Absentee ballot registration available here


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: Submit your completed application directly to the Office of your City/County Clerk no later than 7 days before the election. Absentee Applications/requests will be accepted until:

-2014 Primary Election: Saturday, August 2, 2014

-2014 General Election: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All absentee ballots must be received by the clerk issuing the ballots no later than the close of polls on Election Day.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting.

Other information for early 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. For hours of operations call your City or County Clerk where you reside. 


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Contact your local City or County Clerk's office.

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Hawaii law (HRS §11-95) provides that you may be allowed two hours of time away from work to vote. We encourage you to coordinate time off with your employer by voting before or after work if possible,

Polling Place: Locate your polling location online. Or contact your local City or County Clerk for locations near you.

ID Requirements: Proper ID is required to vote especially if the identification was not given at the time of registration, any of the following will work:

 -A current and valid photo identification, or
 -A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address.

How to Vote: Hawaii voting instructions

 - Optical scan
 - DRE

Know your rights as a voter.

Problems with voting: View Hawaii's state HAVA plan or contact your local city or county clerk to learn how to file a valid complaint.

Verifying provisional ballot status: The voter 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.

Verifying absentee ballot status: UOCAVA voters may confirm their absentee ballot status online.