Refer to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) 11-113 and Chapter 14 for information dealing with presidential elections and candidates.

General Information

To run for United States President or United States Vice President, all candidates must be (U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1):

         A natural citizen of the United States (means natural-born citizen);

         A resident of the United States for 14 years prior to election; and

         At least 35 years of age.

The State of Hawaii does not have a presidential primary or provisions for write-in voting. There are two ways to gain access to the State of Hawaii general election presidential ballot:

         Presidential Petition Process

         Nominee of a Qualified Political Party

The names of the candidates for president and vice president shall be used on the ballot in place of the names of the presidential electors. The votes cast for president and vice president of each political party shall be counted for the presidential electors and alternates nominated by each political party. Hawaii is entitled to four presidential electors in the 2016 election. U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1 and HRS 11‑113 and 14‑23.

Presidential Petition Process


Prior to receiving the petition forms, the independent candidate/party/group shall submit to the Chief Election Officer:

         A completed application form; and

         A notarized statement

from each candidate of their intent to be a candidate for president and vice president on the general election ballot in the State of Hawaii.


Upon receipt of the completed application form and notarized statement of intent, the Chief Election Officer shall issue to the independent candidate the petition forms.

The petition shall be filed with the Chief Election Officer not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 90th day prior to the general election.

The deadline to file the petition is Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

The petition shall:

         Contain 4,372 signatures of currently registered voters in the State of Hawaii which constitute not less than one per cent of the votes cast in the State at the last presidential election (in the 2012 presidential election there were 437,159 votes cast);

         Be upon a form prescribed and provided by the Chief Election Officer and shall contain the names of both candidates;

         Contain a statement that the persons signing intend to support those candidates;

         Contain the residence address of each signatory and the date signed; and

         The Chief Election Officer may require other information as he or she determines appropriate for the petition form.

The applicant, and the candidates named, shall be notified in writing of the applicant's or candidate's eligibility or disqualification for placement on the ballot not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 10th business day after filing. The Chief Election Officer may extend the notification period up to an additional five business days if the applicants and candidates are notified.

If the applicant, or any other party, individual, or group with a candidate on the presidential ballot, objects to the finding of eligibility or disqualification the person may, not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 5th day after the finding, file a request in writing with the Chief Election Officer for a hearing on the question. A hearing shall be called not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 10th day after receipt of request, and shall be conducted in accord with HRS Chapter 91. A decision shall be issued not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 5th day after the conclusion of the hearing.


A voter who signs a petition and seeks to withdraw his/her signature from the petition may do so if the petition has not yet been filed with the chief election officer.

A voter who seeks to withdraw the voter's signature from a petition must submit a notice in writing to the Chief Election Officer any time before the filing of the petition. The notice shall include the voter's:


         Social security number;

         Residence address;

         Date of birth; and

         Signature with the name under which the voter is registered to vote.

Upon receipt of that notice containing the information required by HRS 11‑6, the Chief Election Officer shall notify the group or individual to whom the petition was issued, and the signature of the individual shall not be counted.

Nominee of a Qualified Political Party


The sworn application shall be filed not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 60th day prior to the general election with the Chief Election Officer in the Office of Elections.

The deadline to file the sworn application is Friday, September 9, 2016.

The sworn application shall include:

         The names and addresses of each of the two candidates;

         A statement that each candidate is legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution; and

         A statement that candidates are duly chosen candidates of both the state and national party, giving time, place, and manner of selection (where applicable).

Presidential Electors and Alternates (HRS Chapter 14)

The party/group shall hold a state party or group convention to nominate as candidates four electors, and a first and second alternate for each elector, of president and vice president as the State is entitled. The electors shall be registered voters of the State. HRS 14‑21.

Note: Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution provides that "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector."

The names and addresses of the nominees for presidential elector and alternates shall be certified by the chairman and secretary of the convention and submitted to the Chief Election Officer not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 60th day prior to the general election of the same year. The Chief Election Officer upon receipt thereof, shall immediately notify each of the nominees for elector and alternate elector of the nomination. HRS 14‑21. The deadline is Friday, September 9, 2016.

The chief election officer shall certify to the governor the names of the elected presidential electors and alternates receiving the highest number of votes as elected as presidential electors and alternates not later than 4:30 p.m. on the last day in the month of the election. HRS 14‑24.

The governor shall in accordance with the laws of the United States, communicate by registered mail under the seal of the State of Hawaii to the administrator of general services of the United States, the certificates of persons elected as presidential electors, setting forth the names of the electors and the total number of votes cast for each elector. The Chief Election Officer shall thereupon, together with a notice of the time and place of the meeting of the electors, cause to issue and transmit to each elector and alternate a certificate of election signed by the governor. HRS 14-24.

The presidential electors shall assemble at the State Capitol on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December next following their election, at two o'clock in the afternoon. HRS 14‑26.

The electors shall assemble on Monday, December 19, 2016.

Election Dates

The Primary Election will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


This FACTSHEET is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as an authority on Hawaii election law. Requirements and/or deadlines may change. Consult the Hawaii Revised Statutes and other sources for more detailed requirements.

Office of Elections

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Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Phone: (808) 453-VOTE (8683)

Neighbor Island Toll Free: 1-800-442-VOTE (8683)

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