Voting in Hawaii
Voting is an essential part of our democratic process. By voting you choose the representatives who will make decisions which affect you, your family and your community. If you care about the future of Hawaii, register and VOTE!
What types of elections does Hawaii hold?
1) PRIMARY ELECTION
Hawaii’s Primary Election is held on the second Saturday of August in every even numbered year (Section 12-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes). Hawaii conducts a . Voters are allowed to vote for only one political party.2) GENERAL ELECTION
Hawaii’s General Election is held on the first Tuesday in November in every even numbered year (Hawaii State Constitution, Article II, Section 8).
Who can vote in Hawaii elections?
- Anyone who is properly registered may vote in any election.
- Only individuals who are United States citizens and residents of Hawaii are qualified to register to vote.
- Incarcerated felons [HRS 831-2] and people adjudicated mentally incompetent are not allowed to vote.
Any voter who requires assistance to vote (by reason of physical, visual, hearing impairment or inability to read or write English) may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, as long as the person who is helping is not the voter’s employer, agent of the employer, or agent of the voter’s union.
There are several ways to register to vote:
- Fill out the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form and mail it in to your county office.
- Visit the Office of the County Clerk where you reside to fill out the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form.
- When you apply for your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles the Application for Motor Vehicle Driver’s License also contains a Motor Voter Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration allowing you to simultaneously apply for a driver’s license and register to vote.
Where do I vote?
- You will be notified of your polling place with the Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation (NVRAC) card which your county clerk will mail to you.
- Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You may also absentee vote at absentee walk-in polling places or by mailing in an absentee ballot if you are unable to make it to the polls on election day.
- Be sure to have your picture ID with a signature on it for verification of your identity. You will be asked to sign a poll book to record that you voted at that polling place. Your Voter Registration Notice is NOT an acceptable form of identification.
This is your opportunity to assist your neighbors and fellow citizens with voting. You must be 16 years old by June 30th of the election year, a registered voter in the State of Hawaii, able to read and write English, attend a training session and pass a certification exam. Various positions are available.
Questions? Contact Us:
- County of Hawaii: (808) 961-8277
- County of Maui: (808) 270-7749
- County of Kauai: (808) 241-4800
- City and County of Honolulu: (808) 768-3800
- Office of Elections: (808) 453-8683
Class C Felony:
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes, §19-3.5, any person who knowingly furnishes false information on an Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration may be guilty of Class C Felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.
Deportation for Illegal Voting:
In 1996, Congress enacted the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act making it a federal violation for non-citizens to vote in a any federal, state or local elections. As a penalty, ineligible non-citizens who knowingly vote may be deported. Additionally, a non-citizen who falsely claims to be a United States citizen is in violation of this law. False claims of U.S. Citizenship in order to receive federal or state benefits or for any other purpose, is also grounds for deportation.