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Register to vote in Hawaii

How to Register to Vote in Hawaii for the Elections

This article describes how to register to vote in Hawaii. Hawaii offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Hawaii by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Register to vote in Hawaii In-person

  • You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9. Contact your local election officefor information on when and where to register to vote.
  • You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
  • Learn more by visiting the Office of Elections for Hawaiior contacting your local election official.

Who can vote

  • To register in Hawaii you must be a citizen of the United States or be a resident of the State of Hawaii
  • Be at least 16 years old (you must be 18 years old by election day in order to vote)
  • And, not be incarcerated for a felony conviction and not be adjudicated by a court as “non compos mentis”

Register to vote in Hawaii Online

  • Hawaii offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Hawaii ID and a Social Security number to use Hawaii’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a Hawaii-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 9.

Register to vote in Hawaii By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: When you register to vote, you must provide your Hawaii driver’s license or State identification number, if you have one. If you do not have a driver’s license or ID number, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN). If you do not have any of this information, the Clerk’s Office will issue you a unique identification number, which will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Hawaii does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Race or ethnic group information is not required for voter registration.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 9.

Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Hawaii

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Hawaii.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Hawaii’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9. By mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Tuesday, October 9.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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