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Hawaii Votes by Mail

The State of Hawaii passed Act 136, SLH 2019, implementing elections by mail beginning with the 2020 Elections.

All properly registered voters will automatically receive a mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to the election.

View the full text of Act 136, SLH 2019.

What Voters Need to Know About Elections by Mail

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 their Clerk's Office to confirm that their voter registration is current.

Not yet registered? Register online or complete a Voter Registration Application and submit it to your Clerk's Office. 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.

Voters should expect to receive their General Election mail ballot packet by October 16. If they do not, they should contact their County Elections Division for a replacement.

The mail ballot packet contains:

  • A ballot
  • A ballot secrecy sleeve
  • A return ballot envelope (postage prepaid)

Alternate Format Ballots (AFB) are available to (1) voters with special needs; (2) covered voters under the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; (3) voters who have not received their ballot package by the fifth day before the date of the election; and (4) voters who otherwise require a replacement ballot within five days of an election. The AFB will be electronically transmitted to voters who can vote the ballot using any compatible device. To request an AFB, please contact your County Elections Division.

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. Click here to learn more about Hawaii 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 and have not yet returned your ballot, contact the Clerk's Office 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. Once sealed, place the secret ballot sleeve in the return envelope. Read the affirmation statement and sign the return envelope before returning it to the Clerk's Office. 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 Clerk's Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. The return envelope is postage paid via the U.S. Postal Service and addressed to your Clerk’s Office.

Voters returning their General Election ballot by mail (USPS) is recommended to do by October 27.

After October 27, voters should drop off their ballot to a voter service center or place of deposit.

Visit the Voter Service Centers and Places of Deposit page for locations and hours.

Processing Your Ballot: Upon receipt of your return envelope, the Clerk's Office 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 Clerk's Office establish voter service centers that will be open 10 business days prior to each election. Voters may visit any service center within their county should they prefer to vote in person. Additionally, the service center will provide accessible voting and same day registration.

Additional Resources

Visit the Hawaii Votes by Mail Resources page.

Visit the FAQs page for frequently asked questions about Elections by Mail.