State of Hawaii Elections & Voting   

Election Day is November 5

  • October 18                  Voters start receiving their General Election mail ballot packet
  • October 22                  First day of early in-person voting at voter service center
  • October 28                  Deadline to complete and postmark voter registration by paper Voter Registration Application (After this date, applicants may continue to register for the General Election using the Online Voter Registration System or at a voter service center.)
  • October 29                  Deadline to request an absentee ballot be sent to an alternate address
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive Mail Ballot
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in Hawaii, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • A resident of Hawaii
  • 18 years old by election day (16- and 17-year-olds can preregister)


How to register to vote:

  • Voter may register at any time in-person at a voter service center.
  • Online Voter Registration: You must provide a Hawaii Driver License or Hawaii State ID, and your Social Security Number.
  • Paper application: print, complete, sign, and submit application to your County Elections Division. Applications are also available at U.S. Post Offices, public libraries, most state agencies, and county elections divisions.
  • Automatic Voter Registration Through DMV: Applicants can register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they complete a driver license or State ID application. If the applicant is already registered to vote, the information provided will automatically be used to update their name and/or address unless the applicant declines.
  • Voter registration is also included when applying to receive public assistance with the Department of Health and Department of Human Services programs.

Once registered, you will automatically receive a ballot packet at least 18 days before each election.

If you miss the registration deadline, same day voter registration is available at voter service centers, to register and vote in-person, beginning 10 days prior and through election day.

If you require special assistance (i.e. large print, taped materials, etc.) contact the Office of Elections at 453-VOTE (8683).


Voter ID Requirements

With vote-by-mail, voter signatures are matched with the signatures on file as the form of voter identification.

For in-person 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 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.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Hawaii.


Mail Ballots

Each registered voter in Hawaii will automatically receive their ballot in the mail approximately eighteen (18) days prior to each election. Return your completed Mail Ballot:

  • By Mail: Place your voted ballot in the mail using the postage-paid return envelope. Be mindful of USPS delivery times to ensure it is received by the deadline.
  • By Ballot Drop Box: Drop your voted ballot at a ballot drop box location within your county. Locations and hours will be announced closer to the election.

Voted ballots must be received by your County Elections Divisions by 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.


Early In-Person Voting

Voter Service Centers offer in-person accessible voting and voter registration, and are open 10 days before and on Election Day. Services include accessible in person voting and same day registration.




Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Adrian Tam

Chair, Tamara McKay

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