Hawaii

Upcoming Elections

2022-08-01 – Early Voting Starts (Election Day Registration + Early Voting)

Election Day Registration + Early Voting Mon Aug 1, 2022

2022-08-03 – Registration Deadline

Wed Aug 3, 2022

2022-08-06 – Ballot Request Deadline (Automatic)

Automatic

2022-08-12 – Early Voting Ends

Fri Aug 12, 2022

2022-08-13 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:00PM HST

2022-08-13 – Registration Deadline (Election Day Registration & Voting)

Election Day Registration & Voting Sat Aug 13, 2022

Last updated: April 2022

Voting in Hawaii

When You Can Vote

Election Day 

On Election Day, voter service center locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m local time. 

Early Voting

Hawaii will mail each registered voter a ballot prior to July 26, 2022. Mail-in ballots will be accepted and early in-person voting will be conducted at voting service centers from Aug. 1 through Election Day. Voters can find a list of voting service center locations and hours by visiting https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place 

Hawaii will not have traditional polling places for the Primary Election. You can identify your polling location (voter service center) by calling 1-808-453-VOTE (8683) or looking it up online by visiting https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Hawaii if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Hawaii
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You may be required to produce proof of intent to stay.

Restorative Requirements

  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution

You may preregister to vote in Hawaii

  • At the age 16

How to register 

  • Hawaii State Primary Election
    • Register By: Wed Aug 3, 2022
    • In Person: Election Day Registration & Voting Sat Aug 13, 2022

Registration Deadlines 

You must register to vote at least ten days before the election. However, same day registration is available at voter service center locations August 1, 2022 through August 13, 2022.  Voters can find a list of voting service center locations and hours by visiting https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/

How to Check Your Registration 

You can confirm whether you are registered to vote at  olvr.hawaii.gov   or call 1-808-453-VOTE (8683).  If calling from a neighbor island, you may call toll free at 1-(800) 442-VOTE (8683).   Be prepared to provide name, residence address, and date of birth in order to verify your status.

Registration Eligibility: To register to vote, you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States; 
  • 18 years of age or older (16-year olds may pre-register); and
  • A resident of Hawaii.  

How to Register: You may register online at olvr.hawaii.gov or print and complete an application [https://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/Voter-Registration-and-Permanent-Absentee-Application_Form-Fillable.pdf] and return it to your County Elections Division [http://elections.hawaii.gov/resources/county-election-divisions/].  To register online, you must provide a Hawaii Driver License or Hawaii State ID, and your Social Security Number.

Applications are available at any of the following locations:

Office of Elections

County Elections Divisions

State Libraries

U.S. Post Offices

State Agencies

Satellite City Halls

You may visit the Office of Elections or your County Elections Division to submit an application in person.

Identification Required for Registration: If you are registering to vote for the first time in Hawaii and are mailing in your application, you must provide proof of identification. 

Proof of identification includes a copy of:

  • A current and valid photo identification (Driver’s License, State ID, etc.); 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 (voter service center).

If You Miss the Registration Deadline:  If you miss the August 3 paper registration deadline, you may register and vote at a voter service center location in your county of residence.  In-person registering and voting at a voter service center runs from August 1, 2022 through August 13, 2022. Voters can find a list of voting service center locations and hours by visiting https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/

You can also call 1-808-453-VOTE (8683) or toll free from neighbor islands at 1-800-442-VOTE (8683).

You will be asked to complete a registration affidavit and provide physical identification.  

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Hawaii State Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Automatic

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:00PM HST

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Election Day Registration + Early Voting Mon Aug 1, 2022 to Fri Aug 12, 2022

If You Want to Vote Early

Hawaii allows early walk in voting at voter service centers. Voter service centers will be open August 1, 2022 through August 13, 2022.  Voters can find a list of voting service center locations and hours by visiting https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/

If You Want to Vote Absentee

In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote.   

Hawaii adopted all mail-in voting. All properly registered voters will receive a mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to the election. Voters should expect to receive their Primary Election mail ballot packet by July 26, 2022.

You may request a one-time absentee application by August 6, 2022, but you must be registered to vote in Hawaii to receive an absentee ballot. One-time absentee requests may be made for specific elections or one election cycle. Please visit https://elections.hawaii.gov/applications/ for application forms in the English, Chinese and Ilocano languages. You can return your voted absentee ballot by mail or at any drop off location. 

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Hawaii you should provide:

  • Your Hawaii Driver’s License or State ID Number (online applicants only)
  • Your Social Security Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in Hawaii, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID

If you do not have an ID from the above list, in Hawaii additional, acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current Utility Bill
  • Paycheck that Shows your Name and Address
  • A Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Precinct officials may request that voters provide identification, and a voter must provide proper identification if requested by a precinct official.

Proof of identification includes a copy of:

  • A current and valid photo identification (Driver’s License, State ID, etc.); or
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving Between Counties

Prior to the registration deadline, the voter should notify the clerk of the Board of Elections office in the voter’s NEW COUNTY or update his or her registration online at olvr.hawaii.gov/.  If the person is otherwise legally eligible to register and has updated their registration before the deadline, the voter should be on the rolls at the appropriate precinct in the voter’s new county.  

During the early walk-in voting period or on Election Day, a voter may go to a voter service center location in the voter’s new county of residence and re-register on a form provided at the voting service center location.  Any person re-registering shall be immediately added to the register of the new precinct and may vote only at the new precinct. 

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Complete Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Complete Social Security Number

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for

absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to vote by mail in primary, general, and special elections and to allow these individuals to use a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the general election for federal offices.

Who are UOCAVA Voters? 

  • Members of the United States Uniformed Services and the merchant marines and their spouses and dependents 
  • United States citizens residing outside of the United States

All military and overseas voters must be registered to vote in order to obtain a ballot. UOCAVA voters can register by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completed FPCA must then be received by or postmarked to the County Elections Division no later than 10 days prior to an election to be added to the voter rolls (Aug. 3, 2022). 

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing a FPCA and returning it to their County Elections Division no later than 7 days prior to an election (Aug. 6, 2022). 

Voting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens may send and receive voting materials by fax and email. Voted ballots must be received by the County Elections Division by the close of polls on Election Day. For the 2022 primary election, that deadline is August 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

A person sentenced for a felony, from the time of the person’s sentence until the person’s final discharge, may not vote in an election, but if the person is placed on probation or the person is paroled after commitment to imprisonment, the person may vote during the period of the probation or parole.

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