Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee
You must register before voting. Here you can find information on how to register to vote, update your voter registration record and become a permanent absentee voter.
Notice to First Time Voters Who Register to Vote by Mail:
If you are (1) registering to vote for the first time in the State of Hawai'i; and (2) are mailing in this Application for Voter Registration, federal law (42 U.S.C. § 15483) requires you to provide proof of identification. Proof of identification includes a copy of:
- A current and valid photo identification, or
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
If you do not provide the required proof of identification with this Application for Voter Registration, you will be required to do so at your polling place, or with your voted absentee mail-in ballot.
Who May Register to Vote?
You may register to vote if you are:
- A citizen of the United States of America;
- A legal resident of Hawaii; and
- At least 18 years of age.
Pre-registration: Hawaii laws allow U.S. citizens to pre-register at age sixteen (16), but must be eighteen (18) years old by election day to vote.
How to Register to Vote?
- By Mail: Mail in voter registration form is widely available. Mail the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form to the Office of the City or County Clerk where you reside.
- In Person: Visit the Office of the City or County Clerk where you reside to complete a Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form.
- Department of Motor Vehicle: The State of Hawaii Application for Motor Vehicle Driver’s License also contains a Motor Voter Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration allowing any individual to simultaneously apply for a driver’s license and register to vote.
What is Permanent Absentee Voting?
Permanent absentee voting allows registered voters to receive their ballots by mail permanently for future elections. If you want to receive your absentee ballots by mail permanently, you must follow the instructions and complete Section 12 of the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form.
You will remain on the list of Permanent Absentee Voters unless:
- you fail to return a voted ballot by 6:00 p.m. election day in both the primary and general election;
- register to vote in another jurisdiction; or
- fail to keep your voter registration updated.
Where to Get a Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Form?
Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee forms are available at:
- Satellite City Hall
- Public libraries
- U.S. Post Offices
- Phone Directory
- State services agencies
- University of Hawaii System
- Office of Elections’ website (http://hawaii.gov/elections)
Do You Need to Re-Register?
If you have changed your address or changed your name:
- You must re-register.
- Complete the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form and deliver it to your City or County Clerk by mail or in-person.
- Your voter registration record will be updated upon receipt of a properly completed form.
- If you are a Permanent Absentee Voter, complete Section 12 of the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form if you want to remain a Permanent Absentee Voter.
Any person who knowingly furnishes false information may be guilty of a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.