Absentee voting is designed to make voting more convenient for voters. 

Any registered voter may request to vote absentee, either:


1.            In person

2.            By mail




            In Person


Absentee polling places shall be established at the office of the respective clerks, and may be established at such other sites as designated by the clerk under the provisions prescribed in the rules adopted by the Chief Election Officer. 


Absentee voting-in-person dates are:


                        2016 Primary Election:         August 1 – August 11, 2016

                        2016 General Election:         October 25 – November 5, 2016


Please contact your City/County Clerk to inquire about the absentee polling place locations.


            By Mail


To vote an absentee ballot by mail you may do one of the following:


·         Write a letter to the City/County Clerk where you are registered.

·         Submit an Application for Absentee Ballot.


1.         A letter of request shall be mailed to your City/County Clerk containing the following:


·         Name under which you are registered to vote

·         Address as registered

·         Birth Date

·         Social Security Number

·         Election(s) in which you intend to vote absentee


a.            Primary

b.            General

c.            Primary and General

·         Address to which your ballot should be mailed (for each election you are requesting an absentee ballot), if different from registered address.

·         Your signature


Note:   If a request for an absentee ballot is made by one person for another party (i.e. wife requests an absentee ballot for her husband), the letter must include the above information and be signed by all those requesting ballots.


2.         Applications for Absentee Ballots shall be mailed to your City/County Clerk.  Applications are available at the following locations:


·         City/County Clerk’s Offices

·         Hawaii State Libraries

·         Office of Election’s website: www.hawaii.gov/elections       

·         Satellite City Halls

·         State agencies

·         U. S. Post Offices


Hawaii Revised Statutes §15-4 provides that:


"...Any mailed requests for an absentee ballot shall be mailed by the person directly to the clerk."


Submit your completed application directly to the Office of your City/County Clerk no later than 7 days before the election.


Absentee Applications/requests will be accepted until:


                        2016 Primary Election:         Saturday, August 6, 2016

                        2016 General Election:         Tuesday, November 1, 2016



·         If there is a chance your ballot will reach your forwarding address before your arrival, please check the box marked “Hold for Arrival” on the Wikiwiki Absentee Application.


·         All absentee ballots must be received by the clerk issuing the ballots no later than the close of polls on Election Day.








For additional information, please contact your appropriate City/County Clerk


                        City and County of Honolulu                          County of Kauai

                        530 South King Street, Rm. 100                     4386 Rice Street, Rm. 101

                        Honolulu, Hawaii 96813                                  Lihue, Hawaii 96766

                        Phone:  (808) 768-3800                                  Phone: (808) 241‑4800


                        County of Maui                                               County of Hawaii

                        200 South High Street, Rm. 708                    25 Aupuni Street, Rm. 1502

                        Wailuku, Hawaii 96793                                   Hilo, Hawaii 96720

                        Phone:  (808) 270-7749                                  Phone:  (808) 961‑8277















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

802 Lehua Avenue

Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Phone: (808) 453-VOTE (8683)

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

TTY: (808) 453-6150


Office of Elections – FSVS500Q

Rev. 12/10/2014