Voting in Hawaii

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Presidential Primary Election

03/06/2024
Election Date (D) 
03/12/2024
Election Date (R) 
02/25/2024
Voter Registration Deadline (by mail (D) , online)
03/12/2024
Voter Registration Deadline (by mail (R) )
03/06/2024
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

03/02/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
03/12/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

03/02/2024
Early Voting Begins
03/11/2024
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a presidential primary. Learn About Presidential Primaries

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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How to Vote in Hawaii

Learn about all the options to vote in Hawaii to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Hawaii is a vote by mail state. This means that all registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot to the address on their voter registration. If you have moved you must update your registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hawaii Board of Elections Phone Number: (800) 442-VOTE (x 8683)

Hawaii Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Hawaii

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Hawaii Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can check your voter registration online on Hawaii’s elections office website here, or you can contact the Board of Elections at 800-442-8683.

It can take several weeks. Most states send out voter registration cards within 5 to 7 weeks after receiving the registration. If you do not receive a registration card in the mail, contact your state election office to confirm you are registered. Find your state’s contact information in our How to Vote in Your State section on this page! In any event, you should verify your registration a week prior to the voter registration deadline in your state in case you need to fill out a new registration form or correct your form.

Elections take place all the time throughout the year, and odds are, you probably have an election coming up in your state! In addition to the presidential election and midterm elections, you have statewide, countywide and municipal elections that you can make your voice heard in. Make sure you know when your upcoming elections are so that you don’t miss a single one! Check out when your next election is here.

Your state provides an online ballot tracking system. You can track your ballot here!

YES you are able to register to vote at your student address. You should provide your official campus mailing address as well as the actual physical address of your on or off campus residence when registering to vote. You must have some sort of proof of address and residency that can be presented at your polling place (mail, a student ID, etc.). For more information, we suggest visiting your state’s elections office website. Remember: you can only register to vote and vote in one place, whether that is your student address or your home address!

YES, unhoused voters can register to vote and use their voice in Hawaii’s elections. Unhoused voters or voters without a permanent address may list a shelter address, street corner, or park as their address. For more information on voting while unhoused, visit our friends at the National Coalition for the Homeless.

YES. In this case you must register at the last address you had before you left the USA, or at the address to which you will return to when returning to the USA (you must present some indication of a present intent to return and live there – e.g. vehicle registration, driver’s license, property ownership, family, etc). If you have never had a permanent address in the United States but are a citizen you are allowed to register at an address you plan on moving to or an address where you currently have family living. Access more information on voting overseas here.

You may call the voting rights hotline at 866 687-8683, if informing another poll worker isn’t successful. They have lawyers ready to help you. Additionally, you can call the civil rights division of the U.S Department of Justice.

You can also find Hawaii’s elections office here and contact them by phone at (808) 453-VOTE (8683).

Vote By Mail

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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Hawaii.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

03/02/2024
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
03/12/2024
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Hawaii

Hawaii is a vote-by-mail state, meaning that all registered voters receive a ballot in the mail. Because of this, it has a one step vote by mail process.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to return it ASAP!

  • Return in person by Election Day at 7 p.m. You can return to voter service centers and places of deposit in your county.
  • Or return your ballot by mail - your ballot must be mailed so that it is received by Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

Need your ballot sent to a different address? Apply here no later than 10 days before Election Day and follow the steps listed above.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you have completed your ballot, sign and date the outside of the return envelope.

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your drop box, or early voting locations.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

You may vote in person, even if you have received a ballot in the mail. If you would like to vote in person, go to your voter service center and request to vote in person during early voting or on Election Day. 

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Hawaii does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. You will be contacted if there is a challenge to the signature on your ballot. You must cure your ballot within five days after Election Day.

You may get a call from a number that you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so that you don’t miss your chance to make sure that your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

If voter’s recitation of name, residential address, and birth date matches what is listed in poll book a regular ballot will be provided. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Hawaii-issued driver’s license or state ID
  • Military ID card
  • US Passport
  • Utility bill, bank statement, pay check, government check, or other government document with voter’s name and address

Voter ID in Hawaii

Find Your Ballot

Enter your address below to see what you can expect on Election Day.

Primaries

Presidential Primaries

Primary Type (D): Closed
Primary Type (R): Closed

Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in that party’s presidential primary or caucus. Voters may register to vote and declare a political party at their polls on Election Day. Unaffiliated voters may declare a party on Election Day. Visit the Hawaii Republican Party and Democratic Party websites for more information.

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

03/02/2024
Voting Begins
03/11/2024
Voting Ends

You can vote early in Hawaii

You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.

You can vote early in person, register to vote and return your mail-in ballots in person at regional voter service centers.

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Hawaii, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Hawaii primaries if you are 17 by the next election.