Hawaii | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline (Paper applications): 30 days before Election Day

Note, the Hawaii Office of Elections may establish later reciept deadlines for paper applications. For more information, visit: https://elections.hawaii.gov/register-to-vote/registration/

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

Official Election Websites

· More election information at https://elections.hawaii.gov/

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 registeres and vote in one location. If you are registered in one location, you cannot register in another location just because you want to participate in an election in the second location. Generally, voter registration is based on where you identify as your current residence.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Hawaii’s online voter registration requires your Hawaii driver's license or ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Hawaii's mail-in voter registration application also asks for your Hawaii driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

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 https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Hawaii conducts elections predominantly by mail. All registered voters are sent a ballot by mail. However, voters who will be away from the address associated with their registration during the election period mst submit an absentee ballot application, which must be receivec by your county elections office no later than 7 days before Election Day

Voters can return their ballots by mail to their county clerk’s office; by bringing their ballot to their county elections division office in person; or by dropping off their ballot at a voting service center or place of deposit. Ballots must be received by the county elections division office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In Person

All Hawaii voters retain the right to vote in person. You can register to vote and cast a ballot during the early voting period at any voter service center in your county, starting 10 days before Election Day through the day before Election Day (excluding Sundays). A list of voter service centers is available at https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/.

Election Day

Hawaii voters can retain the right to vote in person on Election Day at any voting service center in their county from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A list of voter service centers is available at https://elections.hawaii.gov/voter-service-centers-and-places-of-deposit/.

If you are in line by close of polls, then you have a right to vote.

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, 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 July 2021