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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a Hawaii Driver’s license (or State ID) and Social Security number to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

Call (808) 453-VOTE (8683)

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Hawaii voter registration form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–4 · Provide your Social Security number, date of birth, telephone number, and name

Steps 5–6 · Provide your residential address and mailing address

Step 7 · (If applicable) If you don’t have a street address, describe the location of your residential address

Step 8 · Select your gender

Step 9 · Provide your email address

Step 10 · (If applicable) If you’re registered to vote in another state, provide the address where you’re registered

Step 11 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen; that you’re at least 16 years old and will be 18 by Nov 8; and that you’re a Hawaii resident. Sign and date the form.

Step 12 · (If applicable) Complete if you want to apply for a permanent absentee ballot

Step 13 · If you’re a first time voter in Hawaii, provide one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document showing your name and address

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 10 and sent to your County Clerk’s office.


Check if you’re registered to vote

Call (808) 453-VOTE (8683)

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the voter registration form online, or pick it up at the Hawaii Office of Elections, County Clerk’s Offices, state libraries, US post offices, state agencies, or satellite city halls.


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–4 · Provide your Social Security number, date of birth, telephone number, and name

Steps 5–6 · Provide your residential address and mailing address

Step 7 · (If applicable) If you don’t have a street address, describe the location of your residential address

Step 8 · Select your gender

Step 9 · Provide your email address

Step 10 · (If applicable) If you’re registered to vote in another state, provide the address where you’re registered

Step 11 · Confirm that you’re a US citizen; that you’re at least 16 years old and will be 18 by Nov 8; and that you’re a Hawaii resident. Sign and date the form.

Step 12 · (If applicable) Complete if you want to apply for a permanent absentee ballot


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 10 to your County Clerk’s Office or to the Hawaii Office of Elections which is located at:

802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782


Check if you’re registered to vote

Call (808) 453-VOTE (8683)

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a resident of Hawaii
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in prison or jail for a felony
  • Not judged mentally incompetent by a court
Online
October 10

Mail
October 10

In Person
October 10

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 25–Nov 5

Bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–6 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 6 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required.


Who can vote early

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot either by mail or in person.

 

Who can vote by mail

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot either by mail or in person.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your Social Security number

Step 2 · Provide your birthday

Step 3 · Choose the appropriate gender

Step 4 · Provide your home and business phone numbers

Step 5 · Provide your name

Step 6 · Provide the address where you live

Step 7 · Provide your mailing address

Step 8 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Send the form to your City or County clerk’s office so it’s postmarked by Nov 1


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your mail ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Attach a copy of accepted ID, if required
  • Send your ballot to the address on the return envelope so it’s received no later than 6 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on elections.hawaii.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 25–Nov 5

Bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required.

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–6 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 6 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID, if required.

Voting requirements
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be registered to vote in Hawaii. Call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) to see if you’re registered.
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Hawaii address
  • Not be in jail or prison for being convicted of a felony
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Hawaii, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

ID is only required in Hawaii if you’re a first time voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered. If this applies to you, attach to your mail ballot or bring one of the following to vote:

  • Current driver’s license or state ID card
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

YES. Hawaii allows all registered voters to add themselves to the Permanent Absentee Voter List. Use the Hawaii Permanent Absentee Application and mail the completed application to your County Clerk. The address is on the form. You will remain on the list of Permanent Absentee Voters unless you fail to return a voter ballot by 6:00 p.m. election day in both the primary and general election, register to vote in another jurisdiction, or fail to keep your voter registration updated.
If you are a first time voter you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. If you forget, you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo identification that shows your name (driver’s license, US passport, student ID, military ID, work ID, tribal ID, etc) OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and address.
You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in Hawaii at least once. If you are a first time voter and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, you must include it with your absentee ballot application or with your voted absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo identification that shows your name (driver’s license, US passport, student ID, military ID, work ID, tribal ID, etc) OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and address.