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Hawaii: Voter Guide

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

Voting Qualifications

Not incarcerated for a felony conviction. Those on parole or probation enjoy full voting rights.
Resident of Hawaii
United States Citizen
18+ Years of Age


In Person - 
On Election Day at a Voter Service Center
Mail - 
Received 30 days before Election Day
Online - 
Submitted 30 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Request to change mailing address for mail in ballot due 7 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Voted ballot delivered by Election Day
In Person - 
Between 3 and 14 days before Election Day

More Information

Hawaii is an open primary state. Voters are not required to affiliate with a party to vote in the primaries, but they must choose one party's ballot. The Hawaii State Constitution provides for the secrecy of the vote, including the voter’s political party selection.

Each registered voter will automatically receive their ballot in the mail approximately 18 days before each election. Voters who are away from their Hawaii residence during the election may submit an Absentee Application to have their ballot mailed to an alternate mailing address for the primary election, general election, or both. These requests are due no later than 7 days before Election Day.

You may be asked to provide one of the following valid forms of identification if voting in person on Election Day:

  • 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

A copy of ID is not required if you vote by mail, but the signature on your mail-in ballot must match your signature on file with the state.