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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.
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!
Need your ballot sent to a different address? Apply here no later than 10 days before Election Day and follow the steps listed above.
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.
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.
Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.
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.
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.
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;
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.