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Hawaii Voting Guide

Welcome to FindLaw's Hawaii Voter Guide. We'll answer your questions about voter registration, early voting, and absentee voting. We will also explain how to find your polling place, what to bring to the polls, and what to do if you see illegal activity at the voting locations. 

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you should know Hawaii’s voting eligibility rules and other requirements.

Some of the questions Hawaii voters may have include:

  • Can I cast an absentee ballot?
  • Does Hawaii offer early voting?
  • Do I have to vote in a Hawaii primary election?
  • Do Hawaiian election officials accept mail-in ballots?
  • Does the Senate have special rules for registered voters with disabilities?

Read on for specific election information such as voter eligibility, voter registration deadlines, and who can participate in local and general elections.

Who is eligible to vote in Hawaii?

To be eligible to vote In Hawaii, you must meet specific criteria. Some of the requirements for voting in the State of Hawaii include:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be a resident of Hawaii
  • You must be 18 years old (Hawaii automatically registers you to vote when you turn 18)

You will be excluded from registering and voting if you're serving a felony conviction. You can register and vote if you are on parole or probation

To learn more about voting rights for former felons, see Article II of the state constitution.

You can check your voting status on Hawaii's Office of Elections website.


Where Do I Vote?

Hawaii mails all registered voters ballots, but you can still vote in person. You can get polling location information at the Hawaiian government’s Voting and Elections portal. Voter Service Center hours in Hawaii are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day.

How To Register in Hawaii

There are several ways to register to vote in Hawaii. This includes registering:

In Person

You can complete the voter registration form in person at your County Clerk's office.


You can register online at the State of Hawaii Office of Elections using your driver's license or ID.

Overseas Voters

You can request an absentee ballot with the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

By Mail

You can register by completing this form and mailing it to your county clerk's office. Make sure you include a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

Hawaii Voting Resources

Your vote counts. Take the time to learn how and when to vote.


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