Voter Registration in HawaiiPage Overview
Voter Registration in Hawaii
Voting is the best way to make sure you get a say in how your local, state, and federal governments operate.
Just register to vote and head to the polls next Election Day.
You’re eligible to vote in Hawaii if:
- You’re a Hawaii resident.
- You’re a U.S. citizen.
- You’re at least 18 years old (or will be at the time of election).
- You can pre-register at 16 years old, but you can’t actually vote until you turn 18 years old.
Felons and Voting
As long as they aren’t currently in prison, felons can vote if:
- Their sentences have been suspended, regardless of whether they’re placed on probation.
- They’ve been paroled after completing their imprisonment.
Learn more about felons and voting with the state’s Impact of a Felony Conviction and One’s Electoral Rights Factsheet.
You can register to vote in person and by mail.
Simply complete the Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee Form and either mail or hand-deliver it to the county elections offices listed on the application.
Alternatively, you can register in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
NOTE: Although many people find it easier to download the form or apply at the DMV, you also can pick up a Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee Form at the following locations:
- Public libraries.
- City halls.
- Phone directories.
- U.S. post offices.
- University of Hawaii systems.
- Most state service agencies.
Anyone who is registering to vote for the 1st time OR is mailing in their application* must show proof of identification.
You can meet this requirement by showing proof of photo identification, such as your Hawaii driver’s license or ID card, OR by showing any of the following documents that show both your name and address:
- Current utility bill.
- Current bank statement.
- Current government or other paycheck.
- Any other government document that shows your name and address.
If you do not provide these proofs when you register to vote, you must show them at the polling place.
* When registering by mail, you can submit a photocopy of your proof of ID.
Using the Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee Form, you can register to vote absentee permanently. Just complete Section 12, indicate the address you’d like your ballot sent, and sign and date the form.
You’ll receive your absentee ballot by mail until one of the following situations occurs:
- You skip a primary or general election by failing to vote by 6 p.m. on Election Day.
- You move and register in another jurisdiction.
- You have a name or address change but don’t update your voter registration.
Generally, out-of-state voters register by mail. (See “Register to Vote in Hawaii” above.)
However, overseas residents and military personnel (including their dependents) can use the Federal Post Card Application (SF-76) from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).
This form acts as both a voter registration and an absentee ballot.
For more information about voting as military personnel, a military dependent, or an overseas resident, including information about absentee voting, visit the FVAP Hawaii page.
NOTE: Hawaii allows you to check the status of your absentee ballot by e-mailing the Office of Elections at firstname.lastname@example.org (use “UOCAVA-Track Ballot” as the subject line) or calling (808) 453-8683. You can call collect.
You must register no later than:
- 30 days before the election, if you’re completing a standard voter registration.
- 7 days before the election, if you’re applying for permanent absentee voting.
NOTE: The Office of Elections website provides the exact date by which you must register in order to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections.
You must re-register to change your name or address on your Hawaii voter registration.
Complete the Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee Form and mail or hand-deliver it to your county elections office listed on the application.
Be sure to complete Section 12 if you’re a permanent absentee voter.
Once you’ve successfully registered to vote in HI, you should receive a Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation postcard.
This card will tell you where your polling place is.
If you lost your voter registration card, contact your state or local elections official for information on replacing a lost voter registration card.
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