CLARIFICATION - DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I PRIMARY ELECTION AND THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTION (5/15/2020)
Residents have requested clarification regarding the State of Hawai‘i’s Primary and General Election and the Presidential Preference Primary Election. The State of Hawai‘i - Office of Elections together with the County of Kaua‘i - Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division is responsible for conducting the Primary Election (August 8, 2020) and the General Election (November 3, 2020).
The Presidential Preference Primary Election which is currently taking place is the sole responsibility of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i. The County of Kauai - Office of the County Clerk, Elections Division is not involved with this election. Contact the Democratic Party directly for additional information.
PHONE: 808-596-2980 (State contact) or 808-346-7310 (Kaua‘i contact)
MAIL: Democratic Party of Hawai'i HQ
627 South Street, Suite 105
Honolulu, HI 96813
Finally, please note that official election information will only be disseminated directly through the Elections Division of Office of the County Clerk, the State Office of Elections, or via the Public Information Officer of the County of Kaua‘i.
Election Officials cannot assure the accuracy of election information obtained through alternate means, so the public is urged to contact the State Office of Elections (808-453-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or the County’s Elections Division (808-241-4800 or email@example.com) if they have any questions on material viewed on social media or related sources.
VOTER SERVICE CENTER RELOCATING TO THE COUNTY'S PIʻIKOI BUILDING (5/8/2020)
The Voter Service Center for the 2020 Elections will be relocating to conference rooms A/B in the County's Piʻikoi Building located at 4444 Rice Street in Līhu‘e. Additional information will be provided prior to the start of the Voter Service Center period in July 2020.
VIDEO: VOTING BY MAIL (4/20/2020)
Voting by mail is a secure, safe and convenient way to ensure your voice is heard. Learn more by viewing our vote-by-mail video at https://youtu.be/YIvR-a22O_Q
SIGNATURE CAPTURE CARDS (4/6/2020)
A signature capture card was mailed to all properly registered voters in early April 2020. The purpose of this card is to obtain the most current signature for each voter so it can be used to validate the signature on the back of a voter's ballot return envelope. This project is a partnership between the State Office of Elections and Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk. For additional information, please contact the Elections Division at 241-4800 or visit the State Office of Elections webpage at www.hawaii.gov.elections.
CANDIDATE NOMINATION & FILING (1/29/2020)
The Elections Division will begin offering candidate nomination and filing services on Monday, February 3, 2020. The candidate filing period runs from February 3 thru June 2, 2020. Services are offered Monday thru Friday during the regular office hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit the State Office of Elections' webpage at www.hawaii.gov.elections.
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 (5/8/2020)
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: For voters who prefer to cast a ballot in-person, a Voter Service Center will be established in conference rooms A/B of the County's Piʻikoi Building located at 4444 Rice Street in Līhu‘e. The Voter Service Center will be open 10 days prior to each election, and also offer accessible voting options and same day voter registration and voting services.
Voter Service Center
Conference Rooms A/B
4444 Rice Street
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766