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2020 Mail-in Voting for State Run Elections

In 2020 the state of Hawai‘i is switching to all mail-in voting for the Primary and General Election. Voters will no longer vote at traditional polling places. For early walk-in voting and Primary and General Election Day there will be Voter Service Centers. Here is the information for the mail-in voting process, how to register to vote and voter’s rights to be able to vote. 2020 Election Proclamation from the Office of Elections

Signature Verification Card

Every registered voter will receive in the mail a signature verification card from their County Clerk’s Office. The voter will need to sign the card and mail it back by the deadline on the card. This card will be used to verify the voter’s signature to ensure the mailed in ballot belongs to the voter.
If a voter has not received a signature verification card by May 30, 2020 contact their Clerk’s Office or visit olvr.hawaii.gov to verify their voter registration, mailing address, etc. See sample:

2020 Election Dates

All ballots MUST be received by their County Clerk no later than 7:00 PM on these dates to have their vote counted.
  • Primary Election: Saturday, August 8, 2020
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
If a voter still has their ballot in their possession 3 days (or less) prior to these dates it is recommended that they drop off their ballot at a Voter Service Center or Places of Deposit (listed below soon).
If a voter is voting in-person at a Voter Service Center and they are in line by 7:00 pm on Election Day they will be able to vote.

Voter Registration Deadline (to have a ballot mailed to them)

  • Primary: July 9, 2020
  • General: October 5, 2020
Ballots will be mailed to every properly registered voter on: (approximately)
  • Primary Election: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
  • General Election: Friday, October 16, 2020
If a voter still has their ballot in their possession 3 days or less prior to these dates it is recommended that you physically drop off their ballot at a Voter Service Center or Places of Deposit. (Listed below)

Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines

For currently Registered Voters to have a ballot mailed to a different address than their mailing address on-file. The voter will need to submit a request for an absentee ballot for every election they are away from their Hawai‘i residence or primary residence.
  • Primary: August 1, 2020
  • General: October 27, 2020

Voter Service Centers Dates, Hours & Locations

Voter Service Centers will allow for in-person voting, and same-day voter registration. The voter is required to vote at the time they register if they are taking advantage of same-day voter registration.

Dates

  • Primary: July 27, 2020 through Election Day, August 8, 2020
  • General: October 20, 2020 through Election Day, November 3, 2020

Hours

  • Monday thru Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Excluding Sundays)
  • Election Day (Primary & General) 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Kaua'i County location

  • Piikoi Building Conference Room A / B - 4444 Rice Street, Līhu'e, Hawai'i 96766 (UPDATED)

City & County of Honolulu locations

  • Honolulu Hale - 530 S. King St. Honolulu 96813
  • Kapolei Hale - 1000 Uluohia St. Kapolei 96707

Mau'i County locations

  • Maui: Velma McWayne Santos Community Center - 395 Waena Place, Wailuku, HI 96793
  • Molokai: Mitchell Pauole Community Center -90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
  • Lanai: Lanai Police Station Conference Room - 855 Fraser Ave., Lanai City, HI 96763

Hawai'i County locations

  • County of Hawaii Aupuni Center Conference Room - 101 Pauahi Street, #1 Hilo, HI 96720 (UPDATED)
  • West Hawai'i Civic Center - 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway Building B, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Places of Deposit Dates, Hours & Locations

Places of deposit are established for voters to drop off their voted (completed) mail ballot packet ONLY to be collected by the County Elections Division.

  • Primary: Open 24 hours a day from August 3, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Aug 8, 2020 (except for City & County of Honolulu)
  • General: Open 24 hours a day from October 27, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Nov 3, 2020 (except for City & County of Honolulu)

Kaua'i County hours & locations

  • Primary: Open 24 hours a day from August 3, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Aug 8, 2020
  • General: Open 24 hours a day from October 27, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Nov 3, 2020
  1. Hanalei Fire Station 5-4390 Kuhio Highway Hanalei, HI 96714
  2. Hanapepe Fire Station 1-3787 Kaumualii Highway Hanapepe, HI 96716
  3. Kalaheo Fire Station 2-2480 Kaumualii Highway Kalaheo, HI 96741
  4. Kapaa Fire Station 4-757 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, HI 96746
  5. Elections Division Office of the County Clerk 4386 Rice Street, Room 101 Lihue, HI 96766
  • Primary: July 27, 2020 through Aug 7, 2020 Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Aug 8, 2020 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • General: Oct 20, 2020 through Nov. 2, 2020 Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Nov 3, 2020 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

City & County of Honolulu hours & locations

  • Primary: Open daily in accordance with park hours from July 21, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on August 8, 2020
  • General: Open daily in accordance with park hours from October 16, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020
  1. Hawai'i Kai Park and Ride 240 Keahole Street Honolulu, HI 96825
  2. Kaneohe District Park 45-660 Keaahala Road Kaneohe, HI 96744
  3. Kahuku District Park 56-170 Pualalea Street Kahuku, HI 96731
  4. Mililani Park and Ride 95-1101 Ukuwai Street Mililani, HI 96789
  5. Neal S. Blaisdell Park 98-319 Kamehameha Highway Aiea, HI 96701
  6. Waianae District Park 85-601 Farrington Highway Waianae, HI 96792

Mau'i County hours & locations

Mau'i Island

  • Primary: Open 24 hours a day from August 3, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Aug 8, 2020
  • General: Open 24 hours a day from October 27, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Nov 3, 2020
  1. Haiku Community Center Hana Highway at Pilialoha Street Haiku, HI 96708
  2. Hana Fire Station 4655 Hana Highway Hana, HI 96713
  3. Kahului Fire Station 200 Dairy Road Kahului, HI 96732
  4. Kalana O Mau'i County Building 200 S. High Street Wailuku, HI 96793
  5. Kihei Fire Station 11 Waimahaihai Street Kihei, HI 96753
  6. Kula Fire Station 50 Calasa Road Kula, HI 96790
  7. Lahaina Civic Center 1840 Honoapiilani Highway Lahaina, HI 96761
  8. Makawao Fire Station 134 Makawao Avenue Makawao, HI 96768
  9. Napili Fire Station 4950 Hanawai Street Lahaina, HI 96761
  10. Paia Community Center 252 Hana Highway Paia, HI 96779
  11. Wailea Fire Station 300 Kilohana Drive Kihei, HI 96753

Island of Lanai & Molokai

  • Primary: July 27, 2020 through August 7, 2020 Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & August 8, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • General: October 20, 2020 through November 2, 2020 Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & November 3, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  1. Lanai Police Station Conference Room 855 Fraser Avenue Lanai City, HI 96763
  2. Mitchell Pauole Center Conference Room 90 Ainoa Street Kaunakakai, HI 96748
  3. Velma McWayne Santos Community Center 395 Waena Street Wailuku, HI 96793

Hawai'i County hours & locations

  • Primary: Open 24 hours a day from August 3, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Aug 8, 2020
  • General: Open 24 hours a day from October 27, 2020 through 7:00 p.m. on Nov 3, 2020
  1. Hawai'i County Building 25 Aupuni Street Hilo, HI 96720
  2. Naalehu Police Station 95-5355 Mamalahoa Highway Naalehu, HI 96772
  3. Pahoa Police Station 15-2615 Keaau-Pahoa Road Pahoa, HI 96778
  4. Rodney Yano Hall 82-6156 Mamalahoa Highway Captain Cook, HI 96704
  5. Waimea Police Station 67-5185 Kamamalu Street Waimea, HI 96743
  6. West Hawai'i Civic Center 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Online: Visit olvr.hawaii.gov. The voter MUST have a current Hawaii Driver’s License or State ID to complete an application online.
Mail: Print & submit a completed Voter Registration Application to their Clerk’s Office.
In-person: Visit the Office of Elections or their Clerk’s Office to submit an application in person.
Applications are available at any of the following locations:
  • Office of Elections
  • Clerk’s Offices
  • State Libraries
  • U.S. Post Offices
  • Most State Agencies
  • Satellite City Halls
Or download from one of these links:

KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS TO VOTE

VOTING FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

If you are a Hawaii Resident, AND…
You are living on campus You may submit a request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to your on campus address by completing an Absentee Application. You will need to submit a request for an absentee ballot for every election you are away from your Hawai‘i residence.
If you are attending school in another state/abroad
If you wish to vote in the Hawaii elections, you can request an absentee ballot to be sent to your college address by completing an Absentee Application. You will need to submit a request for an absentee ballot for every election you are away from your Hawai‘i residence.
If you are from another state, and attending school in Hawai‘i and you want to…
Vote in Hawaii elections Please visit voter registration to learn more about becoming a voter in Hawaii.
Vote in my hometown elections Please contact the Elections Office in your hometown to find out how to receive a ballot while in Hawai'i.
To obtain a Voter Registration Certificate, contact your Clerk’s Office.

MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to vote by mail in primary, general, and special elections; and to allow these individuals to use a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the general election.
WHO ARE UOCAVA VOTERS?
  • Members of the United States Uniformed Services and the merchant marines and their family members
  • United States citizens residing outside of the United States
FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a voting assistance program for service members and their families and overseas citizens.

Federal Voting Assistance Program
Phone: 800-438-VOTE (8683)
Email: vote@fvap.gov
www.fvap.gov

VOTERS IN CARE FACILITIES

To ensure the security and integrity of election related activities at care facilities, staff members are discouraged from participating directly with a voter in the process of registering and/or voting by mail. Staff may assist only upon receiving specific authorization from the resident (voter).

If a resident of a care facility requests voting assistance from care facility personnel, the following guidelines should be observed to protect the voter’s rights:

  • Reach out to family members to get them involved in the process of registration and voting.
  • Ensure that the resident meets all qualifications to register to vote.
VOTER AND ELECTION FRAUD

The following actions constitute election fraud:

  • A person who directly or indirectly offers to give valuable consideration and/or offer money to any voter to induce that voter to vote or refrain from voting for any particular person.
  • A person who directly or indirectly, personally or through another person, threatens, forces or intimidates a voter to refrain from voting, or to vote for any particular person or party at any election.
  • A person who votes or attempts to vote in the name of any other person, living or dead, or in some fictitious name.
  • A person who has already voted and knowingly attempts to vote again.
  • A person who knowingly gives or attempts to give more than one ballot for the same office at the time of voting.

Pursuant to Hawaii law, any person who knowingly furnishes false information on the voter registration application or absentee application may be guilty of a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or$10,000 fine.

View printable Voters in Care Facilities FACTSHEET.

VOTERS REQUIRING ASSISTANCE

Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of physical, visual, hearing impairment, or inability to read or write, may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or officer or agent of the voter’s union.

Voter Registration

Copying, duplicating or otherwise making use of any information provided on registration forms is prohibited. Information provided by the individual on the affidavit for registration is confidential.

Be mindful of the voting rights of the individual. Refrain from explicit or implicit discriminatory or coercive voter registration practices. Both are prohibited.

Completed voter registration forms shall not be collected by the distributing person or organization unless specific authorization is provided by the clerk or chief election officer.

When Voting by Mail

When assisting a voter, the person rendering assistance must remain nonpartisan and have at least two people of differing political parties present. This eliminates the appearance of any election irregularities while assisting a voter.

  • No one may ask a voter to see or look at the contents of his or her ballot or choice of party.
  • No one may mark a person’s ballot or direct a person in voting without authorization.
  • An attempt to vote in the name of the person without specific authorization is illegal.

At a Voter Service Center

Voter service centers offer the following services:

  • Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Machines – DRE voting machines ensure privacy and independence, and protect the right of voters with disabilities and voters with limited English proficiency. The DRE provide accessibility for individuals with disabilities, including nonvisual access for voters who are blind or visually impaired. It also provides language accessibility in Chinese and Ilocano pursuant to the Voting Rights Act.

Click here for a list of voter service center locations. 

Alternate Format Ballot

Alternate Format Ballots (AFB) are available to (1) voters with special needs; (2) covered voters under the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; (3) voters who have not received their ballot package by the fifth day before the date of the election; and (4) voters who otherwise require a replacement ballot within five days of an election. The AFB will be electronically transmitted to voters who can vote the ballot using any compatible device. To request an AFB, please contact your County Elections Division.

Additional Services

A taped message with information about voting in Hawaii is available at the Office of Elections and at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Election information is available by contacting the Office of Elections, or by using the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 711.

VOTERS WITH A FELONY CONVICTION

A person sentenced for a felony, from the time of the person’s sentence until the person’s final discharge, may not vote in an election, but if the person is placed on probation or the person is paroled after commitment to imprisonment, the person may vote during the period of the probation or parole.

For complete information, please refer to Hawaii State Constitution Article II, Section 2, and HRS §831-2.

View printable Impact of a Felony Conviction FACTSHEET.