Hawaii

38% of 18-29 year olds voted in the U.S. in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received by your Clerk’s Office on or by October 5, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election (November 3, 2020).

Check Registration Status

Check your Hawaii voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. Citizen, a resident of the State of Hawaii, and at least 18 years of age prior to the day of election (November 3, 2020).

  • Qualified individuals may pre-register to vote at 16, in which case they will be automatically registered to vote at 18 years old. You cannot be an incarcerated felon or be adjudicated mentally incompetent. See more information here.
  • College students do have a choice of whether they want to vote in Hawaii or vote in their home state. You may only be registered and vote at one location. See more information here.

Deadline

The deadline to register vote in Hawaii for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 5, 2020.

Voter Registration Process

There are three options to register to vote in Hawaii, you may register to vote online or by submitting a Voter Registration Application by mail or in-person.

  • Further voter registration information for Hawaii can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 election.

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The State of Hawaii passed Act 136, SLH 2019, which implemented elections by mail (beginning with the 2020 elections). This means that registered voters will receive a mail ballot packet at least 18 days before Election Day, so no traditional polling places will be established.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

Any voter can vote using an absentee ballot. Click here for the link to the One-Time Absentee Application.

  • Usually the requests for a mail ballot must be received by your Clerk’s office seven days before an election, but all voters will recieve a ballot in the mail this year.
  • All ballots must be received (either by mail, in-person, or at a drop box) by 7pm on November 3, 2020 to be counted.
  • It is possible to request to vote by mail permanently.
  • Further absentee voting information for Hawaii is listed here.

Early Voting

Hawaii offers early voting.

  • In-person early voting begins 14 days before the election (October 20, 2020) and ends 2 days before an election (November 1, 2020). In-person absentee voting is available. Proper ID is required. Polling places are located at the offices of the city or county clerk.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here. (Hawaii no longer has traditional polling places. All voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail.)

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 7am-6pm.

  • Poll workers may ask to see a signed form of ID, but this is not required to vote. If you do not come to the polls with proper ID, you will be asked to give your date of birth and address for verification. The only individuals who require ID are first time voters who registered by mail without providing proof of ID with their application. Further information about what types of ID to produce can be found here.
  • Further Hawaii voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 election.

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