State of Hawaii Elections & Voting   

Election Day is November 8

  • October 21                  Mail Ballot packets are mailed to registered voters
  • October 25                  First day of early in-person voting at voter service center
  • October 31                  Deadline to complete voter registration (same-day registration available)
  • November 1                Deadline to request Mail Ballot be sent to an alternate address
  • November 8                Deadline for election authority to receive Mail Ballot


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.


Voter ID Requirements

Precinct officials may ask you to provide a current ID. The following IDs are acceptable:

  • Hawaii driver’s license
  • Hawaii state ID card
  • Military ID card
  • US Passport

The following documents are acceptable if they show you name and address:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Other government document

If you do not have your ID, you will be asked to recite your name, address, and date of birth. If this information matches the poll book, you may vote a regular ballot. If your recited information does not match, you may vote a provisional ballot. You will be required to sign a written affirmation and confirm your residence and date of birth


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. Locations and hours will be announced closer to the election.




Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Tim Vandeveer

Chair, Fritz Rohlfing

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