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Upcoming Elections

2016 Congressional/State Primary: August 13

  • Voter Registration Deadline: July 14

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 10

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.



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Voting Rights

News

What's the Fix for Texas' Voter ID Law? "Time is short" to implement a replacement
07/28/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 00:00
Excerpt: 

Voter ID in Texas violates the Voting Rights Act, and the state must develop new rules before the November election. That was the definitive statement in a majority opinion, nine to six, issued by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last week. But don't put your driver's license away quite yet. While the court has ruled that the current state rules are in the wrong, no one knows what the replacement rules will look like. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said, "We don't know very much. The takeaway is that we don't know what to do." ...

The appeals court found that it's not just that the current law has left over 600,000 registered voters in Texas without the right documentation to exercise their constitutional right: it's that the rules have a disproportionate impact on minority voters. In total, 4.5% of all registered voters in the state lack a suitable government-issued photo ID; however, that figure drops to 2% for white residents, rises to 6% for Hispanic residents, and a startling 8% among African-Americans voters. Moreover, the ruling castigated the state for its "lackluster educational efforts" in informing voters on what they needed. ...

The more pressing question for DeBeau­voir and her fellow county clerks is when the interim rules will be decided. If the court is to fashion new processes in time for November, "time is short," the appeals justices wrote. Early voting for the Nov. 8 election begins on Oct. 24, but with training of election judges scheduled to begin in September, DeBeauvoir said, "We really need the trial court to give us that advice by Labor Day.”

Do Voter ID Laws Really Prevent Election Fraud?
07/27/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 05:00
Excerpt: 

The thought of someone casting a fraudulent vote, whether via impersonation, voting multiple times, or voting when ineligible, is very disturbing. But study after study has shown that it’s extremely rare, and doesn’t have a statistical effect on elections. These aren’t the days of Tammany Hall, or even Daly-era Chicago.

We do know, however, that voter identification laws have an impact on elections, and in some cases the percentage spread is enough that it could change the outcome of the election, as the [Government Accountability Office] found in its research.

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Voting as a Student

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Hawaii Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Congressional/State Primary: August 13

  • Voter Registration Deadline: July 14

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 10

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


REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


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

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