HAWAI‘I VOTES BY MAIL (12/3/2019)
The State of Hawai‘i passed Act 136, SLH 2019, which will establish voting primarily by mail beginning with the 2020 Elections.
Beginning with the 2020 Primary Election, all properly registered voters will automatically receive a mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to the election.
Please click here to view the full text of Act 136, SLH 2019.
WHAT VOTERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOTING BY MAIL (12/3/2019)
Keep Your Voter Registration Record Up to Date: Ballots are mailed to the voter's mailing address associated with their voter registration record. Voters who have moved, changed their name or mailing address, must update their voter registration. Voters may check online or call the Elections Division at (808) 241-4800 to confirm that their voter registration is current.
Not yet registered? Register online or complete a Voter Registration Application and submit it to:
Office of the County Clerk
4386 Rice Street
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766
Please click here to learn more about voter registration.
Receiving Your Ballot: All properly registered voters will receive a mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to the election.
The mail ballot packet contains:
- A ballot
- A secret ballot sleeve
- A postage-paid return ballot envelope
- Voting instructions
If you do not receive your mail ballot packet, contact the Elections Division at (808) 241-4800 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting Your Ballot: Follow these tips to ensure that your vote counts.
- Before voting, review the instructions, contests, and candidates on both sides of the ballot. Please click here to learn more about Hawai‘i elections.
- A properly marked ballot counts 100% of the time. When marking the ballot, completely fill in the box to the left of your choice with a black or blue pen.
- Voters have the right to spoil their ballot. If you change your mind or make an error, contact the Elections Division at (808) 241-4800 for a replacement ballot.
Preparing Your Ballot for Return: After voting your ballot, re-fold it and seal it in the secret ballot sleeve. The secret ballot sleeve ensures your right to secrecy as the ballots are opened and prepared for counting. Place the secret ballot sleeve in the postage-paid return envelope. Read the affirmation statement and sign the return envelope before returning it to the Elections Division. Voters must sign the return envelope for the ballot to be counted.
Returning Your Ballot: Voters may return their ballot by mail or in-person at a designated place of deposit. Voted ballots must be received by the Elections Division by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- By mail: Voters should mail their voted ballot 2-3 days before the election to ensure that the Elections Division receives it by the deadline.
- Voter Service Center: Voters may visit the Voter Service Center to drop off their voted ballot.
- Elections Division: Voters may hand-deliver their voted ballot directly to the Elections Division.
- Ballot Drop Box: Voters may hand-deliver and deposit their voted ballot in ballot drop boxes. Ballot drop box locations will be announced later.
Processing Your Ballot: Upon receipt of your return envelope, the Elections Division conducts a signature validation. After your signature is validated your ballot will be forwarded to State Election Officials to be counted.
Voter Service Centers: The Elections Division will establish a Voter Service Center in the same facility that was used for Early Voting in previous elections. The Voter Service Center will be open 10 days prior to each election. Voters who prefer to vote in-person can do so at the Voter Service Center. Additionally, the service center will provide accessible voting and same day registration.
Voter Service Center
Historic County Annex Basement
4386 Rice Street
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766