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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Tuesday, March 8 (Republicans)

                                                      Saturday, March 26 (Democrats)

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your local state party for more information.

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

For more information, visit the Hawaii Office of Elections site.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


Voting Rights

News

Republicans champion voter ID laws absent credible evidence of fraud
02/10/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 05:00
Excerpt: 

“When voter fraud occurs it should be taken very seriously … and we should have the mechanisms to make sure that it doesn’t happen,” said [Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Voting Rights and Elections Project at the Brennan Center for Justice]. “But cases where people are in a position to exploit the system are much more common than some random person pretending to be someone else.” An analysis of election fraud by the journalism studies program News21 found that more than half of all fraud convictions between 2000 and 2012 involved either election officials, campaign workers or voting registration organizations. Just 1 in 207 fraud accusations involved voter impersonation, the only type of fraud that voter ID laws prevent. “If [voter ID advocates] were really concerned about fraud there’s a bunch of other things they could do,” Perez added “Our voting machines are vulnerable. We’re asking people to vote on machines that are the equivalent of old-school flip phones. Our registration rolls are a mess.” ...

For many of...eligible voters, getting a valid ID is not a simple process. “For one, those without a driver’s license don’t have a car,” said Kathleen Unger, president of VoteRiders, a non-profit group that helps voters obtain valid IDs. “So they’re not able to just drive down to the DMV to get a license.” And while states do offer the option of a free voter ID card Unger says, “In many cases there can be a cost associated with getting a ‘free ID’. Obtaining a copy of a birth certificate or a change of name document not only costs money but requires a trip to another agency. With these laws there are so many people who just won’t vote.”

Today, New Hampshire Students Will Likely Pay The Price For The State’s New Voter ID Laws
02/09/16 |
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:15
Excerpt: 

“A lot of students think they’re required to bring an ID when they’re not. They don’t know about being able to sign the affidavit,” [Chelsea Krimme] said. “And about half the out-of-state students I’ve talked to think they can’t vote in New Hampshire, when they can. It’s sad, because are so many important issues right now, from student debt to climate change, that students care about and they want to have a voice.” ...

“In the northern part of the state, it’s not like there’s a DMV on every corner, and there isn’t good public transit for people who don’t drive to be able to go get an ID. I think it’s fair to assume that the trends that exist in other states will show up here, with the poor, the elderly, and those from more rural areas being hit hardest by this voter ID law.” [Gilles Bissonnette, the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire]

The most common form of ID used to vote is a drivers license. Yet the state has only 15 DMVs to serve 1.3 million residents. Some are only open a few days a week and none with weekend or evening hours, making it even more difficult for working New Hampshire voters to obtain an ID. ...

Joan Flood Ashwell, the election law specialist with the non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Hampshire,...said she’s also seen a lot of frustration among elderly people, who may have given up driving and don’t have passports. “When they first implemented the law in 2012, I was monitoring the polls and I saw an older man yelling at the poll worker for demanding an ID from his wife, who had never driven a car,” she said. “They felt humiliated that the town she’d lived in forever wouldn’t just let her vote. And that was before they implemented the Polaroid photo provision. How are they going to feel now?” 

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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Helpful Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Tuesday, March 8 (Republicans)

                                                      Saturday, March 26 (Democrats)

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your local state party for more information.

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

For more information, visit the Hawaii Office of Elections site.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


7:00am to 6:00pm on Election Day.  For more information about voting early/absentee, see below.

Use of Office of Elections Polling Place Locator tool.

Direct polling place questions to the appropriate City/County Clerk:

  • County of Hawaii 961-8277
  • County of Maui 270-7749
  • County of Kauai 241-4800
  • City & County of Honolulu 768-3800


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Registration Deadlines

Hawaii requires voters to be registered by 4:30pm on the 30th day before an election.

How to Check if You Are Registered

Contact your County Elections Official:

  • County of Hawaii 961-8277
  • County of Maui 270-7749
  • County of Kauai 241-4800
  • City & County of Honolulu 768-3800

How to Register

Hawaii will now offer voter registration services online. To register online, visit the Online Voter Registration System.

To download a registration form, find your closest Office of Elections, and for more information on registration, visit the Office of Elections Voter Registration page.

Registration Eligibility

In order to vote, Hawaii law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election.  To be eligible to register in Hawaii you MUST:

  • be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • be a legal resident of Hawaii; and
  • be at least 18 years of age.

Identification Required for Registration

Hawaii law requires that a person registering to vote provide, under oath, his or her social security number, if any.  An application lacking this information will, therefore, be denied.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in the State of Hawaii, and are registering by mail, you are required to submit, along with your application 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 government document that shows your name and address.

If you do not provide the required proof of identification with the affidavit on Application for Voter Registration, you will be required to do so at your polling place, or with your voted absentee mail-in ballot.

If You Want to Vote Early

Early voting in Hawaii is by absentee voting-in-person.  Absentee polling sites are open approximately 10 working days prior to the election and close 2 working days before Election Day.

Please see the below information about how to vote absentee in person.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Anyone registered to vote may vote by absentee ballot - by mail or in person.

Rules and Deadlines:

By Mail

You must submit an Application for Absentee Voter Ballot (also known as the Wikiwiki Absentee Application form) or write a letter to the City/County Clerk where you are registered to vote.  The letter must include the name under which you are registered to vote, your address as registered, your birth date, your Social Security Number, and your signature.  You must specify the elections in which you want to vote absentee and the address to which your absentee ballot should be mailed.

You must return your completed Application for Absentee Voter Ballot to your City/County Clerk no earlier than 60 days and no later than 7 days prior to the election.

You must return your voted Absentee Ballot to your City/County Clerk by the day of the respective election.

In person

You must vote at an absentee polling place established by the City/County Clerk where you are registered to vote.  You do not need to request an absentee ballot in advance in order to vote absentee in person.  You must bring proper identification.

Absentee walk-in polling places are located at the Offices of the City or County Clerk where you reside.  For additional locations and hours of operations, call your City/County Clerk where you reside.

For deadlines, see above section on Early Voting.

For more information, visit the Office of Elections Absentee Voting page.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

If you are registering to vote for the first time in the State of Hawaii, and are registering by mail, you are required to submit, along with your application 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 government document that shows your name and address.

If you do not provide the required proof of identification with the affidavit on Application for Voter Registration, you will be required to do so at your polling place, or with your voted absentee mail-in ballot.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

At the polls, you will be asked to provide a picture ID with a signature on it for verification of your identity.  If you do not have a photo ID, you may be asked to recite your date of birth and your address in order to corroborate the poll book entry.  If you are able to confirm this information, you should be permitted to vote a regular ballot, even without a photo ID.  You will be asked to sign the poll book to record that you voted at that polling place. 

Any registered voter, who changes residence from one precinct or county to another, shall notify the clerk and change the registration to the proper precinct or county by the appropriate registration deadline.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Hawaii-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Hawaii-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Hawaii-specific FWAB page.

Convicted felons may not vote while currently incarcerated, but may register and vote after released from imprisonment, including while on probation or parole.

**The materials below have not yet been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center

For more information for student voters, visit the Hawaii Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights