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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • Late registration is also available at Early Walk In Voting locations AND same-day registration at polling places.
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: July 12, 2018
  • Primary Election Early Walk In Deadline: July 30 – August 9
  • Primary Election: August 11, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
  • General Election Early Walk In Deadline: October 23 – November 3
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Hawaii’s online voter registration application asks for your Hawaii driver’s license or ID number, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a Hawaii Driver’s License or Hawaii State ID, you can use the paper form which only requires the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in the State of Hawaii and are mailing in your application, you will need to provide proof of identification with the application, or else at your polling place, or with your mail ballot. Proof of identification includes a current and valid photo identification, or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.


+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Forms of acceptable identification include a valid photo ID (Drivers License, State ID, etc), a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government issued document that shows your name and address.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://olvr.hawaii.gov/altpollingplacesearch.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any voter registered in Hawaii may vote by mail without an excuse.
  • Contact your local election officials for a mail ballot.
  • An application for a vote by mail ballot must be received by the county clerk’s office seven days before the election.
  • Completed vote by mail ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office by the close of polls on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Voters can vote at an absentee polling location from the 2nd Tuesday before the election until the Saturday before the election. Contact your local election office for the dates and time early in-person voting is available.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Hawaii affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Hawaii does not require newly registered voters to obtain a Hawaii driver’s license or register their vehicles there.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Hawaii legal professional.

Last updated June 2018