Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline (Paper applications): 10th day before Election Day
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.
Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: August 13
Primary Election: August 13
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: November 8
General Election: November 8
Register at School or Home
Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
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?
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 must submit an absentee ballot application no later than 7 days before Election Day.
Voters can return their completed ballots by mail to their county clerk’s office or in person at a designated place of deposit. Ballots must be received by the county elections division office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Find your county elections division office at:
Early In Person
All Hawaii voters retain the right to vote in person. You can 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/.
All Hawaii voters 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.
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 June 2022