Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be a legal resident of Hawaii.
  • You need to be at least 16 to pre-register to vote (and you may vote if you are at least 18).
  • You can't have been convicted and confined for a felony, and you can't have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in Hawaii, please contact:
Office of Elections: (808)-453-VOTE (8683);

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 30 days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under Hawaii law, if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not register and vote if you are incarcerated, but you may register and vote while you are on probation or parole. For more information on voting after a felony conviction, visit Hawaii's Office of Elections website or call 1-808-453-VOTE (8683).

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Hawaii who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a Hawaii resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Hawaii says about residency: Under Hawaii law, residence is defined as the fixed place where you live, and the place you return to whenever you're away. Both physical presence and "concurrent present intention to establish such place as the person's residence" are required for residency.
  • If you determine you're a Hawaii resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Hawaii residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

All voters in Hawaii should be sure to bring a picture ID with a signature on it, such as a driver's license. Note that your Voter Registration Notice is NOT an acceptable form of identification.

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

In Hawaii, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.

Vote Early in Person

All voters in Hawaii can vote in person before Election Day at the offices of City and County Clerks from October 20, 2012 to November 3, 2012.

Vote Early by Mail

You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail.

Complete the Absentee Ballot Application and return it to your City or County Clerk's office either by mail or in person. Your City or County Clerk must receive your Application by 4:30 p.m. on October 30, 2012.

Your mail-in absentee ballot must be completed and in the hands of the City or County Clerk by 6:00 p.m. Election Day.

Secretary of State