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
Mail-in voter registration form available at https://elections.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/VR-Form-English-20191210-website.pdf
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 and mail-in voter registration applications ask for your Hawaii driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
If you are mailing your registration and do not have your Hawaii Driver’s License or State ID number, or the last 4 of your Social Security number, you are required to show proof of your identity. The following forms of identification are acceptable:
Current and valid photo identification
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?
Hawaii does not require identification to receive and cast a ballot.
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Hawaii conducts its elections predominantly by mail, but voters can vote at any in-person voter service center in their county. Find your county’s vote service center locations and hours at
How Can I Vote?
Beginning in 2020, Hawaii will conduct elections predominantly by mail. All registered voters will receive their ballot by mail approximately 18 days before Election Day. Voters can return their ballots by mail to their County Clerk’s office; by bringing their ballot to their county clerk’s office in person; or by dropping off their ballot at a voting service center or place of deposit.
Voters can still cast their ballots and register in person at voter service centers identified by their county clerk’s office.
Early In Person
All eligible voters can register to vote and cast a ballot during the early voting period at voter service centers, starting 10 days before Election Day through the day before Election Day (excluding Sundays).
2020 Early Voting:
Primary Election: July 27–August 6
General Election: October 20–November 2, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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
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, you may wish to contact your county’s driver’s license office.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is 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 September 2020