FACTSHEET

VOTERS REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE

 

ASSISTANCE AT THE POLLING PLACE

           

Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of physical, visual or hearing impairment, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer, an agent of the voter's employer, or officer or agent of the voter's union (42 United States Code 1973aa-6).

 

1.            Election Day Assistance for Voters with Disabilities

 

a.            Polling places throughout the state are accessible. Voters who are unable to leave their vehicles to vote may use curbside voting services. Accessible parking is also available at most polling places.

 

b.            All polling places will have a Voter Assistance Station where voters can request special assistance.

 

c.            Each polling place will be equipped with an Auxiliary Aids kit with tools to assist voters, such as magnifiers, signature guides, and communication cards for voters who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

 

2.            Election Day Assistance for Voters with Limited English Proficiency

 

a.            Voters who need language assistance should contact the chairperson or designated Voter Assistance Official assigned to the polling place.

 

ACCESSIBLE DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC (DRE) MACHINES

 

Pursuant to Section 301(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, Direct Recording Electronic voting machines are available at polling places to:

 

1.            Ensure privacy and independence, and protect the right of voters with disabilities and voters with limited English proficiency.

 

2.            Provide accessibility for individuals with disabilities, including non-visual access for voters who are blind or visually impaired.

 

3.            Provide alternative English language accessibility pursuant to the requirements of section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973aa-1a).

OTHER VOTER SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

1.            Visual Disabilities

 

a.            A taped message about voting in Hawaii is available at the Office of Elections and at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

 

2.            Hearing or Speech Disabilities

 

a.    Election information is available through:

 

1)            Hawaii Voter Hotline’s TTY at 808-453-6150.

 

2)            Toll-free TTY at 1-800-345-5915 for residents of Neighbor Islands.

 

3)            Sprint Relay Hawaii Statewide Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) for users who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired at phone 711.

 

4)            American Sign Language interpreters can be requested with five working days advance notice and only at early voting absentee sites.

 

3.            Limited English Proficiency

 

a.         Oral and/or written assistance are available for voters with difficulty understanding the English language.

 

b.            In addition to the English language, the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Form and the Wikiwiki Absentee Application are also available in Ilocano, Japanese, and Chinese pursuant to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as amended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABSENTEE VOTING

 

Any registered person may request an absentee ballot by mailing a completed Application for Absentee Voter Ballot to his or her city/county clerk.  The application must be received by the clerk no later than seven (7) days before an election HRS §15-4.  The Clerk’s office will mail an absentee ballot along with instructions upon receiving a request from the voter.

 

For more information, please contact your City/County Clerk’s office.

 

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

                        Fax: (808) 768-3835                                    Fax: (808) 241-6207

 

                        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

                        Fax: (808) 270-7171                                    Fax: (808) 961-8673

 

                                                           

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Internet: www.hawaii.gov/elections

 

 

Office of Elections - FSVS518N

Rev. 02/28/13