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Hawaii Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Hawaii

Hawaii laws allow U.S. citizens to pre-register at age sixteen (16), but must be eighteen (18) years old by election day to vote.

To register to vote in the State of Hawaii , an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be A legal Resident of Hawaii,and
  • Be 18 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Incarcerated felons [HRS 831-2] and people adjudicated mentally incompetent are not allowed to vote

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How Do I Register To Vote in Hawaii

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Voters do not have to wait until election day to vote. Any registered voter may request a mail ballot or cast their vote at an early walk-in location within their county.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Hawaii

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries

Open primary for state, local, and congressional races; caucus system for presidential races.

Primary Election

The Primary Election is held to nominate candidates to represent the political parties in the General Election. This nomination process, called a Single Party Primary, asks voters to select candidates from the party of their choice. Similarly, candidates who do not belong to a specific party will be nominated to the General Election ballot as a nonpartisan candidate. Your choice of party and candidates remains secret.

Candidates for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and county contests also appear on the Primary Election ballot. All voters may vote in these contests regardless of party affiliation.

Presidential Elections

Hawaii does not conduct a presidential primary. Qualified political parties provide candidates for president and vice president, as well as electors to represent the party at the Electoral College. The Electoral College officially elects the president and vice president of the United States.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Hawaii

Voters do not have to wait until election day to vote. Any registered voter may request a mail ballot or cast their vote at an early walk-in location within their county.

Permanent absentee voting allows registered voters to receive their ballots by mail for future elections

Permanent mail voter status is terminated if any one of the following occurs

  • you fail to return a voter ballot by 6:00 P.M. election day in both the primary and general election
  • Voter dies, loses their voting rights, registers to vote in another jurisdiction, or is otherwise disqualified from voting.
  • Voter’s ballot, notification card, or any other election mail is returned as undeliverable for any reason.
  • Voter requests in writing that their permanent status be terminated.

Absentee ballots are typically mailed 20 days prior to Election Day.

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What If My Address Has Changed

I am living on campus

  • You may submit a request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to your on campus address by completing a Wikiwiki Absentee Application.
  • I am attending school in another state/abroad
  • If you wish to vote in the Hawaii elections, you can request an absentee ballot to be sent to your college address by completing a Wikiwiki Absentee Application. You will need to submit a request for an absentee ballot for every election you are away from your Hawaii residence.


  • You must re-register if you changed your name, residence or mailing address. You can update your registration online or by completing a Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Application and submitting it to your Clerk’s Office.

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

Voter preferring to vote on election day may go to their assigned polling place. Polling place hours are 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM on election day. You can find your polling place by contacting the Office of Elections.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to Find Your Polling Place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?


Hawaii's same-day registration won't be implemented until 2018.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

If you are working on election day, you may be enti tled to a maximum of two consecutive hours off from work in order to vote. Voters shall not be subject to any penalty, rescheduling of normal hours, or deduction s from salary or wages because of such absence.
For example, the law does not apply to employees wh ose work hours include a period of two consecutive hours while the polls are open w hen the employee is not working for the employer.

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