WHO IS QUALIFIED TO REGISTER TO VOTE?
Pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Article II, Section 1, a voter registration applicant shall meet the following qualifications:
1. A citizen of the United States
Individuals born in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands after November 1986 are considered U.S. citizens.
U.S. Nationals, such as individuals born in American Samoa are not normally qualified to vote (unless they are also natural born or a naturalized U.S. citizen).
2. A resident of the State of Hawaii
For voter registration and election purposes, a resident must maintain a residence in the State of Hawaii and intend to make Hawaii their permanent residence at the time of registration.
3. At least eighteen years of age
Be 18 years old by election day to vote.
The Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) §11-12 allows an individual who is otherwise qualified to register and is at least sixteen years of age, to pre-register upon satisfactory proof of age and be automatically registered upon reaching age eighteen.
OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS (OHA) REGISTRATION ELIGIBILITY
In accordance with the U.S. Supreme court ruling in Rice v. Cayetano, all registered voters are qualified to vote in OHA elections.
Any registered voter, who changes residence from one precinct or county to another, shall notify the clerk and change the registration to the proper precinct or county by the appropriate registration deadline.
Re-registration is required for the following:
1. You legally change your name.
2. You moved since the last election and your residence is now in a different location in the State of Hawaii.
3. You changed your mailing address in the State of Hawaii since the last election.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
An affidavit on application for voter registration (known as the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form) may be found in/at the following:
· City/County Clerk’s Offices
· Hawaii State Libraries
· Office of Elections website: www.hawaii.gov/elections
· Satellite City Halls
· State agencies
· U. S. Post Offices
· Phone directories
The affidavit on application for voter registration is a self-subscribing oath that contains the following information:
2. Social security number
3. Date of birth
4. Residence, including mailing address
5. That the residence stated in the affidavit is not simply because of the person’s presence in the State but that the residence was acquired with the intent to make Hawaii the person’s legal residence with all the accompanying obligations therein.
6. That the person is a citizen
7. The applicant shall then affix the applicant’s signature to the affidavit.
The application contains a section to request absentee ballots permanently. Applicants may complete this section only if they would like to receive their ballots by mail permanently.
2016 REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Primary Election: July 14, 2016
WHERE DO I SUBMIT MY COMPLETED AFFIDAVIT ON APPLICATION FOR VOTER REGISTRATION?
Completed Affidavits on Application for Voter Registration shall be submitted to your 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
Pursuant to HRS §19-3.5, a person knowingly providing false information on a voter registration affidavit may be guilty of a Class C felony, punishable by up to five (5) years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.
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
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