ELECTIONS DIVISION - OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK

ALOHA!  Welcome to the Elections Division’s web page.  Providing open, accessible, honest, and secure election services for the citizens of the County of Kauaʻi is our primary objective.

Contact Information & Hours

Elections Division
Office of the County Clerk
4386 Rice Street, Rm 101
Lihuʻe, Hawaiʻi 96766

7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday (excluding Federal and State Holidays)

 

Phone: (808) 241-4800
Fax: (808) 241-6207
TTY: (808) 241-5116

 

E-mail: elections@kauai.gov
Bookmark This Page: www.kauai.gov/elections

This site was last updated on:  October 5, 2020

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Elections Division remains open to the public during normal business hours.  There are no changes to the 2020 Elections schedule at this time.  (4/6/2020)

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INFORMATION

PUBLIC NOTICE OF BALLOT MAILING (10/5/2020)

Pursuant to section 11-103, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, the public is hereby notified that the initial mailing of ballots for the 2020 General Election will be on Friday, October 9, 2020.  To view the official Proclamation, please click here:
PROCLAMATION Ballot Mailing GEN2

 

GENERAL ELECTION PLACES OF DEPOSIT (10/1/2020)

Additional Places of Deposit (i.e., ballot drop boxes) will be established for the  2020 General Election.  Drop boxes will be deployed at the following locations on Monday, October 12, 2020 and will be available 24/7 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

  • Hanalei Neighborhood Center (NC) 5-5358 Kūhiō Hwy Hanalei HI 96714 (NEW)
  • Hanalei Fire Station 5-4390 Kūhiō Hwy Princeville HI 96722
  • Kīlauea NC 2460 Keneke St Kīlauea HI 96754 (NEW)
  • Kapa‘a Fire Station 4-0757 Kūhiō Hwy Kapa‘a HI 96746
  • Elections Division 4386 Rice Street Līhu‘e HI 96766
  • Kōloa NC 3461 Weliweli Rd Kōloa HI 96756 (NEW)
  • Kalāheo Fire Station 2-2480 Kaumuali‘i Hwy Kalaheo HI 96741
  • Hanapēpē Fire Station 1-3787 Kaumuali‘i Hwy Hanapēpē HI 96716
  • Waimea NC 4556 Makeke Rd Waimea HI 96796 (NEW)

To view the Supplemental Proclamation announcing the additional ballot drop boxes please click here:  Supplemental Proclamation (Place of Deposit 30-Sept-20).

For additional information, please call the Elections Division at 241-4800.

 

GENERAL ELECTION DRIVE-THRU VOTER REGISTRATION (9/29/2020)

Drive-thru voter registration services will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2 and Monday, October 5, 2020 in the back parking area between the Historic County Annex Building and State Department of Human Services Kaua‘i Processing Center (former courthouse).  The deadline to register to vote in Monday, October 5, 2020.

Services will be offered via the drive-thru lane and pop-up tent created behind the Elections Division back entrance.  Registrants are asked to remain in their vehicles, wear a mask, and use their own black or blue pen.  Election Division staff will approach the vehicle with a Voter Registration Application and clipboard.

For additional information, please call the Elections Division at 241-4800.

 

2020 PRIMARY ELECTION BOARD OF REGISTRATION (8/6/2020)

The Board of Registration for the Islands of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020 to hear and decide on appeals, if any, that arise from a voter challenge or a clerk’s decision regarding voter registration.  Pursuant to the Governor's Tenth Suppliementary Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency dated July 17, 2020, this meeting will be via remote videoconferencing technology.  For information on participating in this meeting, please view the attached Agenda:  AGENDA BOR KAUA‘I AND NI‘IHAU (8-Aug-20).

 

PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT DROP BOXES (8/3/2020)

Ballot Drop Boxes are open and ready to accept ballots at the following locations:

          Hanalei Fire Station (Flag Pole)
          Kapa‘a Fire Station (Wall facing Kūhiō Highway)
          Kalāheo Fire Station (Fence fronting Station)
          Hanapēpē Fire Station (Flag Pole)

Drop boxes are constructed of stainless steel and have been customized with purple badging and the County Seal.  All drop boxes are accessible 24 hours a day and will be oen until 7:00 p.m.  on Primary Election Day, August 8, 2020.

 

AMENDED ELECTION PROCLAMATION (7/31/2020)

The Proclamation listing the Places of Deposit for the County of Kaua‘i for the 2020 Primary Election has been amended to note that the Kapule Building Lobby, 4444 Rice Street, Līhu‘e, HI is no longer available to serve as a Place of Deposit.  To view the official Proclamation, please click here:  AMENDED PROCLAMATION (31-July-20).

 

VOTER SERVICE CENTER OPEN 7/28/2020 (7/27/20)

The Voter Service Center in conference rooms A/B of the Piʻikoi Building will be OPEN at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, 7/28/2020.  Please enter through the rollup door facing Hardy Street.  Mahalo!

 

VOTER SERVICE CENTER CLOSED (7/26/2020)

The Voter Service Center will be CLOSED on Monday, July 27, 2020 due to Hurricane Douglas.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE OF BALLOT MAILING (7/10/2020)

Pursuant to section 11-103, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, the public is hereby notified that the initial mailing of ballots for the 2020 Primary Election will be on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  To view the official Proclamation, please click here:  PROCLAMATION Ballot Mailing (PRIM).

 

UPDATED VIDEO:  VOTING BY MAIL (7/9/2020)

The vote by mail video initially posted in April 2020 was updated with the new location of the Voter Service Center, which will now be in conference rooms A/B of the County's Pi‘ikoi Building.

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://www.facebook.com/kauaielections808/videos/743689763108434/

 

OFFICIAL ELECTIONS DIVISION FACEBOOK PAGE (7/9/2020)

Please check out the Elections Division's official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kauaielections808.  While this County-sponsored webpage will still serve as the primary source of official election information, our Facebook page was established for voters who are more accustomed to social media.  Please contact the Elections Division at 241-4800 for additional information.

 

DRIVE-THRU VOTER REGISTRATION (7/8/2020)

Drive-thru voter registration services are currently underway in the back parking area between the Historic County Annex Building and State Department of Human Services Kaua‘i Processing Center (former courthouse).  Services will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9, 2020 near the pop-up tent immediately behind the Elections Division back entrance.  The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 Primary Election is July 9, 2020.  For additional information, please call the Elections Division at 241-4800.

 

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)

E-MAIL:  info@hawaiidemocrats.org

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 elections@hawaii.gov) or the County’s Elections Division (808-241-4800 or elections@kauai.gov) 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.

 

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:

Elections Division
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 elections@kauai.gov.

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
Piʻikoi Building

Conference Rooms A/B
4444 Rice Street
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766

 

2020 ELECTION TIMELINE

February 3, 2020

Nomination Papers available at Elections Division

June 2, 2020

Last day to file Nomination Papers

July 9, 2020

Last day to register to vote for the 2020 Primary Election

Click here to register to vote online

Click here to download a paper Voter Registration Application

July 22, 2020

Approximate date that voters will begin receiving ballots for 2020 Primary Election*

*Ballots will be automatically mailed to the mailing address contained in a voter's registration record

July 27, 2020

Open Voter Service Center (7/27 thru 8/8)

Pi‘ikoi Building
Conference Rooms A/B
4444 Rice Street
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766
Monday thru Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2020 Primary Election Day only:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

August 1, 2020

Last day to apply to receive a ballot at a temporary alternate mailing address for the 2020 Primary Election*

*Ballots will be automatically mailed to the mailing address contained in a voter's registration record unless an application is submitted to request that a ballot be mailed to a temporary alternate mailing address

Click here for a One-time Absentee Ballot Application

August 8, 2020

2020 Primary Election Day

Voter Service Center open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 5, 2020

Last day to register to vote for the 2020 General Election

Click here to register to vote online

Click here to download a paper Voter Registration Application

October 16, 2020

Approximate date that voters will begin receiving ballots for the 2020 General Election*

*Ballots will be mailed automatically to the mailing address contained in a voter's registration record

October 20, 2020

Open Voter Service Center (10/20 thru 11/3)

Pi‘ikoi Building
Conference Rooms A/B
4444 Rice Street
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766
Monday thru Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2020 General Election Day only:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 27, 2020

Last day to apply to receive a ballot at a temporary alternate mailing address for the 2020 General Election*

*Ballots will be automatically mailed to the mailing address contained in a voter's registration record unless an application is submitted to request that a ballot be mailed to a temporary alternate mailing address

Click here for a One-time Absentee Ballot Application

November 3, 2020

2020 General Election Day

Voter Service Center open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.