Voting in Hawaii

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This page has information relating to voting in Hawaii. For full information contact your state election agency.


Hawaii uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.

The following are requirements for voting in Hawaii:[1]

  • 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.

When and where

The deadline for registration is 29 days prior to the election. Registration can be done in one of the following ways:[1]

  • Fill out the WikiWiki Voter Registration 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.
  • 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.

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

Hawaii passed legislation in 2012 authorizing online voter registration, but a system has not yet been implemented.

Voting on election day

In order to vote, electors must present valid photo ID with a signature. Additionally, voters will be asked to sign a poll book to record that they voted at the polling place. Voter Registration Notice is NOT an acceptable form of identification.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Hawaii, polls are open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Hawaii Time.[3]

Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Hawaii. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office seven days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on Election Day.[5][6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

Hawaii is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends three days prior to Election Day.[7] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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