Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 5, or election-day registration if voting in-person

All registered Hawaii voters receive their ballots by mail. Contact your county clerk’s office if you do not receive yours. If you do not want to return your completed ballot by mail, you can return it at your county clerk’s office or any of the designated deposit centers.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons upon their release from incarceration.

ID Requirements for Voting: ID requested but photo not required if voting in-person. If ID is not presented then the voter can recite date of birth and address at polling place to affirm identity.

Time Off to Vote Law: Employees are eligible for up to 2 hours paid time off to vote if they do not have sufficient time to vote during non-working hours. Learn more here.

Absentee Voting: Hawaii is a vote-by-mail state, all registered Hawaii voters are mailed their ballot 3 weeks before the election, if you need the ballot mailed to an address different from where you are registered you can fill out an absentee application online here. Completed ballots must be received by mail or in-person by 7pm on Election Day.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Hawaii is one of seven states that has 50% or more women in its Congressional delegation. Hawaii ranks 19th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Hawaii Congressional Delegation

Hawaii State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Hawaii had lower voter turnout than the United States overall for both men and women in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size