Last update: May 16, 2022
Last update: May 16, 2022
Hawaii offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Hawaii by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
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"
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Online voter registration
- Hawaii offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Hawaii ID and a Social Security number to use Hawaii's online voter registration system. If you don't have a Hawaii-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
By-mail voter registration
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: When you register to vote, you must provide your Hawaii driver’s license or State identification number, if you have one. If you do not have a driver’s license or ID number, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN). If you do not have any of this information, the Clerk’s Office will issue you a unique identification number, which will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: Hawaii does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Race or ethnic group information is not required for voter registration.
- Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election office
- If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.
Election Day registration
Hawaii does offer in person registration on Election Day.
See what's on the ballot
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.
In-person voter registration
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Hawaii or contacting your local election office.
Get step-by-step help
If you’d like more help planning how to register, TurboVote can walk you through the process! They can also help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more.
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). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- 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. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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.The Federal Voting Assistance Program