Voting Guide

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 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

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

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.

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.

Hawaii does not require identification to receive and cast a ballot.

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/

By Mail

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.

Election Day

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 North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019