Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Hawaii

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Early Voting

Early voting dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

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.

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 by August 3rd and follow the steps listed above.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

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

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Drop box
  • Early voting locations

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted.

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. 

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Hawaii

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Hawaii First Time Voter Info