Voter Registration In Hawaii
Who Can Register In Hawaii
To register to vote in Hawaii, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Hawaii
- Be at least 18 years old
You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in if you are registering online or by mail. In-person registration is available during early voting period as well as on Election Day.
Hawaii Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Hawaii but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at an Early Walk In Voting location during the early voting period or at the polling place determined by your address on Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in Hawaii when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
Hawaii does restore the right to vote upon final discharge. If you are placed on probation or you are paroled after commitment to imprisonment, you may vote during the period of probation or parole.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Hawaii
Where To Vote In Hawaii
You can find a voter service center here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Hawaii. As of 2020, all registered voters will receive vote by mail ballots automatically, so you do not need to request one. Register to vote or check your registration status to ensure you receive your ballot.
To return your Hawaii vote by mail ballot, mail it back or return it in person at a designated place of deposit, voter service center, or clerk’s office.
Early Voting In Hawaii
In addition to vote-by-mail, Hawaii offers an extended voting period (through Election Day) and all registered voters may cast their ballot beginning 10 business days prior to Election Day at a voter service center.
Primary Elections In Hawaii
Hawaii has open primaries for congressional and state elections. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party. Hawaii holds closed presidential primaries. 17-year-olds cannot participate in primaries even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Hawaii
Voter ID Requirements
ID is not required to vote in Hawaii, although voters may be asked to show ID if voting at the polls. Valid forms of ID include:
- State issued driver's license;
- State issued identification card;
- Valid Passport
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, government document, or paycheck bearing your name and current address.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you will be asked to provide additional information to confirm your identity.
If you registered to vote for the first time in Hawaii and mailed in your application without providing proof of identification, you will be required to do so at you polling place, or with your mail ballot. Valid forms of ID include:
- A current and valid photo identification
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
If you are required to provide ID and do not do so, you may vote a provisional ballot. You must then provide the Clerk’s Office acceptable identification for the ballot to be counted by a subsequent deadline.
Additional Hawaii Resources
Your State Election Official
Hawaii Chief Election Officer
Scott T. Nago
Phone number: 808.453.8683