How to vote in Hawaii
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Hawaii mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks before the election. Keep an eye on the mailbox, and be sure to mail it back or drop it in a drop-box before Election Day! You can also vote in person if you prefer to do so. Hawaii offers early voting.
Who can vote
To register in Hawaii you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of the State of Hawaii
- be at least 16 years old (you must be 18 years old by election day in order to vote)
- not be incarcerated for a felony conviction
- not be adjudicated by a court as "non compos mentis"
- *find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Vote on election day
Voters registered in Hawaii can look up where to vote on Hawaii's site.
Hawaii voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
What to bring
- If you've voted in Hawaii before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
- If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your ID when you registered, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: current driver's license or state ID card; military ID; US passport; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government issued document that shows your name and address.
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. You must provide the clerk's office acceptable identification two days after the election for the ballot to be counted.
Vote by mail
Hawaii conducts elections by mail. If you are registered to vote before Monday, October 5, 2020, you should expect to receive a ballot at your designated mailing address. You can return your ballot by mail, or find a drop box on Hawaii's site.
See what's on the ballot
Get step-by-step help
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
Election Day registration
Same-day registration is available during early voting through Election Day.
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
Check your voter registration status
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Hawaii's voter registration lookup tool.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020.
- The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
- The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
- You can also register and vote on Election Day.
- Same-day registration is available during early voting through Election Day.
Election contact information for Hawaii
Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, HI 96782