Hawaii | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day


Eligible voters can also register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during the early voting period and on Election Day.


  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: July 9

  • Primary Election: August 8

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 5

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Hawaii’s online voter registration application asks for your Hawaii driver’s license or ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

The following forms of identification are acceptable:

  • Hawaii Driver License

  • Hawaii State ID

  • Military ID

  • Passport

  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government issued document showing name and address

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Forms of acceptable identification include a valid photo ID (Drivers License, State ID, etc), a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government issued document that shows your name and address.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://olvr.hawaii.gov/altpollingplacesearch.aspx

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Beginning in 2020, Hawaii will conduct elections by mail. All registered voters will receive their ballot by mail approximately 18 days before Election Day.

Voters can still cast their ballots and register in person at the voter service center identified by their County Election Division.


Early In-Person

  • All eligible voters can register to vote and cast a ballot during the early voting period.

  • 2020 Early Voting:

    • Primary Election: July 27– August 6

    • General Election: October 20–October 31


Election Day

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Hawaii affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • As a full-time student in Hawaii, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you vote in Hawaii. For more information, contact your county’s driver’s license office.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Hawaii legal professional.


Last updated October 2019

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114            info@campusvoteproject.org

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