Voters Requiring Assistance
Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of physical, visual, hearing impairment, or inability to read or write, may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or officer or agent of the voter’s union.
Copying, duplicating or otherwise making use of any information provided on registration forms is prohibited. Information provided by the individual on the affidavit for registration is confidential.
Be mindful of the voting rights of the individual. Refrain from explicit or implicit discriminatory or coercive voter registration practices. Both are prohibited.
Completed voter registration forms shall not be collected by the distributing person or organization unless specific authorization is provided by the clerk or chief election officer.
When Voting by Mail
When assisting a voter, the person rendering assistance must remain nonpartisan and have at least two people of differing political parties present. This eliminates the appearance of any election irregularities while assisting a voter.
- No one may ask a voter to see or look at the contents of his or her ballot or choice of party.
- No one may mark a person’s ballot or direct a person in voting without authorization.
- An attempt to vote in the name of the person without specific authorization is illegal.
At a Voter Service Center
Voter service centers offer the following services:
- Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Machines – DRE voting machines ensure privacy and independence, and protect the right of voters with disabilities and voters with limited English proficiency. The DRE provide accessibility for individuals with disabilities, including nonvisual access for voters who are blind or visually impaired. It also provides language accessibility in Chinese and Ilocano pursuant to the Voting Rights Act.
Alternate Format Ballot
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. Voters returning their AFB have the option to return their voted ballot using the return ballot envelope that was included in the mail ballot packet. Click here to view a sample Alternate Format Ballot. To request an AFB, please contact your County Elections Division.
A taped message with information about voting in Hawaii is available at the Office of Elections and at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Election information is available by contacting the Office of Elections, or by using the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 711.
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 [email protected]