Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee

Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee

The Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee ensures equal and independent access to voter registration, casting of ballots, and all other election services.

The committee shall meet annually to review election procedures, services, and technology and access to information, and shall make recommendations to the Office of Elections.

Meeting Notice

DateTimeLocationAgendaMeeting Materials
To be announced

To be added to the mailing list to receive notices for upcoming Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee meetings, email [email protected] and provide your name, organization, and email address.

Composition

The committee shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the governor. Each member shall identify as a voter with special needs arising from physical disabilities including visual and hearing impairments that require an accommodation to vote.

The terms of advisory committee members shall be four years.

For complete information, please refer to HRS §11-10.5.

Members

NameTerm Expires
Ramoda Anand6/30/2024
James Gashel6/30/2023
Kathryn Keim6/30/2025
Patricia Morrissey6/30/2025
Sheryl Nelson6/30/2026

Meetings

DateAgendaMeeting MaterialsVideoWritten Summary
September 23, 2022AgendaMeeting MaterialsVideoWritten Summary
July 1, 2022AgendaMeeting MaterialsVideoWritten Summary
June 23, 2022AgendaN/AVideoWritten Summary

Contact
Statewide Voters with Special Needs Advisory Committee
c/o Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, HI 96782

Phone: (808) 453-8683
Email: [email protected]

Voter Information

7 Reminders for the General Election

Ahead of the 2022 General Election on November 8, we have a few key reminders for Hawaii voters.

Hawaii is a vote-by-mail state.  As a registered voter, your General Election ballot will conveniently arrive in your mailbox.  Gone are the days of carving out time to vote at your assigned polling place.  Hawaii voters are automatically mailed a ballot for every election.

Check that your voter registration is current.  Visit elections.hawaii.gov or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) to verify that your voter registration is accurate.  By law, ballots cannot be forwarded through the mail, so if you have moved or changed your mailing address, you must update your voter registration.  This can be done online or by submitting a paper Voter Registration Application.

Vote your ballot. You can expect to receive your ballot by October 21 for the General Election.  Read the instructions, mark your ballot with a blue or black pen, seal it in your return envelope, and sign the envelope.

Sign your ballot return envelope.  The return envelope must be signed for the ballot to be counted.  The signature on your return envelope is compared to the signature on your voter registration record.  If the signature matches, your ballot is accepted and recorded to ensure only one ballot is counted for you.

Ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on November 8.  Voted ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at a Voter Service Center or Ballot Drop Box within your county.  Click here for Voter Service Center and Ballot Drop Box locations.  Ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.

Sign up to receive ballot alerts.  Avoid missing the ballot return deadline by signing up for free ballot alerts!  Visit hawaii.ballottrax.net or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) for assistance with enrolling.  You can choose to receive text, email, and voice alerts for when your ballot is on its way, and reminders to return your ballot as the deadline approaches.

Assistance is available.  If you’re in need of assistance with casting your ballot, consider the following accessible options:

Remember, you have the right to ask for assistance in the registration and voting process.  If you need assistance completing a voter registration application, using the Online Voter Registration System, or marking ballot, you are permitted to have a trusted individual, like a family member or caregiver, provide you with the help you need.

Be mindful that to maintain the integrity of the election process, Hawaii law does not permit your employer, an agent of your union, or a candidate to provide assistance.

Click here for additional information for voters requiring special assistance.

Voting on the accessible electronic ballot 

An electronic ballot is an alternative ballot that can be marked from a compatible device. This ensures accessibility to allow voters to mark their ballot privately and independently.

Ballots must be received by the County Elections Division by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. The 2022 election dates are:

Primary: August 13, 2022
General: November 8, 2022

Requesting for an electronic ballot

Options to request an electronic ballot are:

  • Online Voter Registration System. Visit elections.hawaii.gov to access the online system. A Hawaii Driver’s License or Hawaii State ID is required to access the system.
  • Voter Registration Application – Complete the paper application and submit it to the County Elections Division.
  • Driver license and State ID applications – Voter registration and the option to sign up for an electronic ballot are included with the driver’s license and state ID applications at the DMV.

Receiving your electronic ballot

Registered voters receive their ballot packet approximately 18 days before each election.

Voters who request an electronic ballot will also be mailed a ballot packet that will allow them to return their ballot by mail as an option.

If you do not receive your ballot, contact your County Elections Division.

Marking your electronic ballot

  1. Mark your ballot according to the instructions for each contest.
  2. Click Check the ballot for mistakes at the bottom of the ballot. A notification will appear alerting you if any available contests were left blank.
  3. Click Show your ballot summary page. Ensure that the summary reflects your selections.

Submitting your electronic ballot

  1. Click Print your Ballot Summary. Ensure the summary prints in its entirety and the barcode is clear.
  2. Print the Waiver of Secrecy and Affirmation Statement and sign.

If you choose not to use the Waiver of Secrecy, you may submit an electronic authentication.

  1. Click Print your Ballot Summary and save your ballot as a PDF instead of sending to a printer.
  2. Click on the Electronic Authentication link found in your email and follow the instruction to submit your signature.
  3. Submit the PDF of your Ballot Summary and PDF of your Electronic Authentication to the email address provided by your County Elections Division.

The ballot summary and signed Waiver of Secrecy and Affirmation Statement or Electronic Authentication must be received by 7:00 p.m., Election Day.

Alternatively, you may return your ballot summary by mail using the return ballot envelope that was mailed to you. Fold your ballot summary and place it in the secrecy sleeve then into the return ballot envelope. Sign the affirmation statement on the return envelope and place it in the mail. Your ballot will not be counted if you fail to sign the affirmation statement.

You may also drop your ballot at a ballot drop box in your county. Visit elections.hawaii.gov or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) for a listing of ballot drop boxes in your county.

Processing your ballot

If you returned your ballot by email, your County Elections Division will receive it and mark your voter record as voted. Your ballot is then segregated from the electronic authentication and sent to the counting center for counting.

Similarly, if you returned your voted ballot by mail, your record will be marked as voted and your signature will be verified against the signature that is on file with your voter registration record. Once validated, your ballot will be sent to the counting center for counting.

Additional Resources

Click here to view episodes from our Hawaii Votes Program. The Hawaii Votes Program is a monthly program hosted by the Office of Elections covering various election and voting topics.

Sign up here to receive email newsletters from the Office of Elections.

For more information about elections and voting, visit elections.hawaii.gov or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683).


Last Updated on September 23, 2022