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Federal appeals court: Right to vote constitutionally protected - legal reasoning behind its decision earlier this month that allowed thousands of Kansas residents to register to vote
10/20/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 06:00

A federal appeals court laid out on Wednesday the legal reasoning behind its decision earlier this month that allowed thousands of Kansas residents to register to vote without providing documents proving their U.S. citizenship.

The 85-page opinion from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals came a day after voter registration closed in Kansas for the November election. The appeals court had earlier this month upheld a preliminary injunction that forced Kansas to register people who filled out voter applications at motor vehicle offices.

“There can be no dispute that the right to vote is a constitutionally protected fundamental right,” the appeals court wrote.

Poll: Texans remain confused by Voter ID law
10/20/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 05:00

Texas' 5-year-old voter ID law, the subject of both a protracted court challenge and a $2.5 million state-paid public education effort, still appears to be causing confusion for voters as the 2016 election campaign steams toward the finish line.

A University of Houston poll of 1,000 registered voters who said they were either certain or very likely to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 elections found that more than half of the respondents remain uncertain of the status of the voter-identification requirements. ...

The poll, released Monday, showed that confusion about voter ID cut across all demographic lines, but a greater percentage respondents who were African-American, Asian or Hispanic than were Anglo answered that a government-approved photo ID was required at the polls. Among Anglos, 58 percent said either that a photo ID was not necessary or that they did not know.

Only 41 percent of Asian respondents, 50 percent of Hispanic respondents and 52 percent of African-American respondents said either no photo ID was required or that they were unsure.

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 10, 2016


Election Day:

The polls open on Election Day, November 8, 2016, at 7:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.

Hawaii allows mail-in ballots and early in-person voting, which begins on October 25, 2016 and ends November 5, 2016.   http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FS500VS001-Early-Voting.pdf

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can identify your polling location by calling 1-808-453-VOTE (8683) or looking it up online at http://elections.hawaii.gov/.


Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.

Registration Deadlines:

You must register to vote at least thirty days before the election, by October 10, 2016, at 4:30 pm.

How to Check Your Registration: You can confirm whether you are registered to vote at https://olvr.hawaii.gov/register.aspx

Registration Eligibility: To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States that is 18 years of age or older and be a resident of Hawaii. 

How to Register: You may register online at http://elections.hawaii.gov/ or print and complete an application [http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/VR-PAB-English.pdf] and return it to your Clerk’s office [http://elections.hawaii.gov/resources/county-election-divisions/].

Applications are available at any of the following locations:

Office of Elections
Clerk’s Offices
State Libraries
U.S. Post Offices
State Agencies
Satellite City Halls

You may visit the Office of Elections or your Clerk’s Office to submit an application in person.

Identification Required for Registration: If you are registering to vote for the first time in Hawaii and are mailing in your application, you must 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 the application, you will be required to do so at you polling place or with your mail ballot.

If You Want to Vote Early

Hawaii allows early voting, which begins on October 25, 2016 and ends November 5, 2016.   http://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FS500VS001-Early-Voting.pdf

If You Want to Vote Absentee

In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote.   

You can vote absentee by mail by requesting an absentee ballot by November 1, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. To do so, complete the following form, https://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AB-Form-English.pdf, and submit it to your Clerk’s office, or use the online form at http://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/early-voting/

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Precinct officials may request that voters provide identification, and a voter must provide proper identification if requested by a precinct official. 

VoteRiders has created Hawaii voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

Moving Between Counties

Prior to the registration deadline, the voter should notify the clerk of the Board of Elections office in the voter’s NEW COUNTY.  If the person is otherwise legally eligible to register and has updated their registration before the deadline, the voter should be on the rolls at the appropriate precinct in the voter’s new county. 

On Election Day, the voter may go to the voter’s new polling place and apply to transfer his or her voter registration to the voter’s new precinct on a form provided at the polling place.  Any person so transferring voter registration shall be immediately added to the register of the new precinct and may vote only at the new precinct. 

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to vote by mail in primary, general, and special elections for federal offices; and to allow these individuals to use a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the general election for federal offices.

Who are UOCAVA Voters?

  • Members of the United States Uniformed Services and the merchant marine and their family members
  • United States citizens residing outside of the United States

All military and overseas voters must be registered to vote in order to obtain a ballot. UOCAVA voters can register by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completed FPCA must then be received by or postmarked to the Clerk’s Office no later than 30 days prior to an election to be added to the voter rolls.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing a FPCA and returning it to their Clerk’s Office no later than 7 days prior to an election.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens may send and receive voting materials by fax and email. Voted ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by the close of polls on Election Day. For the 2016 general election that deadline is November 8, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.


A person sentenced for a felony, from the time of the person’s sentence until the person’s final discharge, may not vote in an election, but if the person is placed on probation or the person is paroled after commitment to imprisonment, the person may vote during the period of the probation or parole.


Top Issues to Field

For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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 voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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