Early Voting

Voters do not have to wait until election day to vote. Any registered voter may request a mail ballot or cast their vote at an early walk-in location within their county.

Vote by Mail

To request a permanent mail ballot, download and complete the Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Application or submit the request online.

To request a mail ballot for a specific election or election cycle, download and complete the Wikiwiki Absentee Application.

Mail Ballot Request Deadline

Requests for a mail ballot must be received by your Clerk’s Office seven (7) days before the election.

Primary Election: August 4, 2018
General Election: October 30, 2018

Special Circumstances

A request for an absentee ballot after the deadline can only be granted in special case situations determined by the county clerk (e.g. a voter is hospitalized shortly before election day and is not able to make it to their polling place to vote).  Please contact your Clerk’s Office, if you believe you have a special case situation.

Track Your Ballot

Contact your Clerk’s Office to find out when your mail ballot was sent and if it was received and accepted.

For a Replacement Ballot

If you damage, lose, or make a mistake in marking your mail ballot, contact your Clerk’s Office to request a replacement.

Voted Ballots

Voted ballots must be received by your Clerk’s Office no later than the close of polls on election day.

Permanent mail voter status is terminated if any one of the following occurs:

  • Voter fails to return a voted ballot by 6:00 p.m., close of polls in both the primary and general election.
  • Voter dies, loses their voting rights, registers to vote in another jurisdiction, or is otherwise disqualified from voting.
  • Voter’s ballot, notification card, or any other election mail is returned as undeliverable for any reason.
  • Voter requests in writing that their permanent status be terminated.

Absentee ballots are typically mailed 20 days prior to Election Day.


Vote Early In-Person

Voters may also walk-in to any early walk-in location in their county to cast their vote before election day. Early walk-in dates are as follows:

Primary Election: July 30 – August 9, 2018
General Election: October 23 – November 3, 2018


Additional questions? Visit Frequently Asked Questions for answers to the most common questions about voting by mail.


Information is available in alternate formats. If you require special assistance call the Office of Elections at 808-453-VOTE (8683). Neighbor Islands may call toll free 1-800-442-VOTE (8683) or e-mail us at elections@hawaii.gov.