How to vote in my state
Last updated February 2, 2023
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Voting by Mail Voting
Hawaii uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, meaning that all registered voters will automatically receive ballots in the mail.
You may return your voted ballot by mail or in person at a designated place of deposit within your county. Voted ballots must be received by your County Elections Division by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
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.
Download Absentee Ballot application here (also available in Chinese, Ilocano, and Tagalog)
You may vote in-person by visiting any voter service center in your county. Voter service centers are open 10 days through Election Day for in-person voting, same day registration and accessible voting.
What to Expect
on Election Day
On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Voter ID Requirements
Precinct officials may ask you to provide a current ID. The following IDs are acceptable:
- Hawaii driver’s license
- Hawaii state ID card
- Military ID card
- US Passport
The following documents are acceptable if they show you name and address:
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Other government document
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.
Areas in Hawaii covered by Section 203 (AANHPI Languages):
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.”
It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose.
Have questions or need help voting?
Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).
Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.