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You Can Now Register and Vote on the Same Day in Hawai‘i’s Primary Election

Voters can walk-in to vote from now until Thursday, Aug. 9 and, for the first time in state history, polling places on Saturday, Aug. 11 are offering same-day registration.


It’s time to vote in Hawai‘i’s Important Aug 11 Primary Election
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If you’ve ever complained about government, wondered about decisions made by officials or just want to be more involved, now’s your chance to let your voice be heard through your vote.


SEE ALSO: 7 Things We Didn’t Expect from the 2018 Hawaiʻi Election Deadline


Candidates are pushing hard in big races that include Gov. David Ige vs. top challenger Rep. Colleen Hanabusa for governor, as well as big fields of contenders for lieutenant governor and the first Congressional district. With the strong leaders in fundraising and popularity in these top races all from the Democratic Party, odds are that the ultimate winners could be those who win this weekend. And with so many veteran politicians running in several key races, some contests could be close. Want to vote before Saturday? You’ve got until Thursday, Aug. 9 for the primary. Check locations and hours on the official website.


Want to vote but didn’t register? Visit the website and type in your address to find where your correct polling place is located, as well as a photo of the venue, a sample ballot and directions to get there. Voters must go to the correct polling place and bring one form of official identification to register to vote. An acceptable ID can be one of the following:


  • Hawai‘i driver license

  • Hawai‘i state ID

  • Military ID

  • Passport

  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government-issued document showing name and address


You can also call the office at (808) 453-VOTE (8683) to find your polling place. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote.


Be ready for more politics even after this week. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.



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