Precinct Officials - Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to the most frequent questions about volunteering to be a Precinct Official.
- Get involved and learn about the American Democratic Process.
- Earn extra money.
- Fund-raise for a non-profit organization.
- Perform a civic duty and community service.
What days do I volunteer on?
You volunteer on the days of the elections. There are two election days:
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
How do I become a precinct official?
Call the office for your area listed here:
|County of Hawaii:||(808) 961-8277|
|County of Maui:||(808) 270-7749|
|County of Kauai:||(808) 241-4800|
|Office of Elections (City & County of Honolulu):||(808) 453-8683 (453-VOTE)
Can anyone become a precinct official?
Yes. The Office of Elections and the offices of the county clerks welcome and encourage all qualified individuals to sign up and become a precinct official.
The minimum qualifications to become a precinct official are:
- Be 16 years old or before June 30 of the election year.
- Be a registered voter in the State of Hawaii
- Able to read (i.e., 11 point font) and write English
- Able to lift 25-35 pounds
- Attend a training session and pass a certification exam
Restrictions to be an eligible Election Day Official (HRS §11-72):
- No parent, spouse, child, sibling, or reciprocal beneficiary of a candidate may serve as a precinct official in any precinct where votes may be cast for the candidate
- No candidate for elective office may serve as a precinct official in the same election in which the person is a candidate
- No candidate who failed to be nominated in the primary or special election may serve as a precinct official in the following general election
What hours will I volunteer?
5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Precinct officials arrive at 5:30 a.m. and leave one hour after the polls close
Where do I volunteer?
Polling places are located throughout the state. You will be assigned to a site near your home, if possible.
Will I get training?
Yes, training is required to work on election day. After the Office of Elections or County Clerks Office receives your recruitment form, you will be contacted to attend a training session.
Will I be paid?
Yes, you will be compensated for your services.
- Pay rate depends on position fulfilled.
- The basic rate earned is $85 per election.
Political Party Submission
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §11-72, all qualified political parties shall submit names to the Chief Election Officer by 4:30 p.m. on the sixtieth day prior to the close of filing for any Primary Election.