Registration Deadline: The application for Voter Registration must be received by the city or county clerk where you reside no later than 30 days before the election.
Party Affiliation: Voters are not required to declare a party preference prior to voting. The Hawaii State Constitution provides for the secrecy of the vote, including the voter’s political party selection. However, voters should know that Hawaii conducts a single party primary election in which voters select candidates from the party of their choice. A voter’s choice of party and candidates remain secret as provided by the Hawaii State Constitution.
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 pre-register
upon satisfactory proof of age. They will be automatically registered upon reaching age eighteen.
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a legal resident of the State of Hawaii
Felony Convictions: May not vote in an election while committed to imprisonment for a felony. More information here.
ID Requirements for Registering to Vote:
- A current and valid photo identification or
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
If you do not provide the required proof of identification with the application, 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
- Satellite City Hall
- State libraries
- U.S. Post Offices
- State agencies
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.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
Any person registered to vote may cast an absentee ballot. The voter registration application also contains a section to request to vote by mail permanently. Applicants may complete this section if they would like to receive their ballots by mail for all future elections.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In person: Applications are available at:
- Satellite City Halls
- U.S. Post Offices
- all public libraries
- all state agencies
By mail: print out online form and 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: Hawaii provides a fact sheet for military and overseas voters.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Submit your completed application directly to the Office of your City/County Clerk no later than 30 days prior to the election if applying to register to vote or no later than 7 days prior to the election if applying for a permanent absentee ballot.
All absentee ballots must be received by the clerk issuing the ballots no later than the close of polls on Election Day.
Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may request a mail ballot or cast their vote at an early walk-in location within their county.
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.
Verifying Registration: Contact your local city or county clerk's office.
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Problems with voting: Election Objections factsheet
Verifying provisional ballot status: To determine if a provisional ballot was counted or not, and if not, the reason that the vote was not counted, please visit the Office of Elections website.
Verifying absentee ballot status: contact your city or county clerk