Vote Now to be Counted by Nov. 8 Deadline for Hawai‘i Elections

Residents can still vote by mail, in-person or register and vote on the same day.

 

Voter Service Robbie Dingeman

Kāne‘ohe District Park Photo: Robbie Dingeman

 

Hawai‘i voters all should have received their ballot packets in the mail for the 2022 General Election by Oct. 21. So, now it’s up to all of us to vote on the candidates and issues, ensuring our ballots are received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 to be counted.

 

State elections officials say more than 726,000 ballots were mailed to active voters and are reminding us all of the multiple ways to vote. Vote by mailing your ballot; dropping it at a ballot drop box; or going to a voter service center, as long as the ballot is RECEIVED, not mailed, by Nov. 8.

 

On O‘ahu, Honolulu elections officials added pop-up voter centers this year as well for those who’d like to submit a ballot in-person and watch the machine confirm that ballot was received. While many people prefer the convenience of mailing in a ballot instead of having to go to a polling place, state elections officials remind everyone that mailing too close to deadline can mean your vote won’t count. For this year’s primary election, state officials say 3,000 ballots arrived too late to be counted.

 

Here are ways to make sure that’s not you or me: Hawai‘i voters may return their voted ballot through the US Postal Service, by dropping it off at a ballot drop box, or may visit a voter service center in their county. A list of locations and hours is posted online at elections.hawaii.gov. If you have moved since you last voted, you can update your record to vote in this election. Voters can update their registration online at elections.hawaii.gov or by completing a paper Voter Registration Application available at state libraries and post offices.

 

Dropbox Robbie Dingeman

Kāne‘ohe District Park Photo: Robbie Dingeman

 

The State Office of Elections also offers a few tips to making the process easier:

  • Made a mistake on your ballot? Don’t attempt to correct it by crossing it out or using correction tape. See the instructions on your ballot to request a replacement. Remember to sign the return ballot envelope so it’s accepted for counting.
  • Save that stamp. Return ballot envelopes are pre-addressed and postage is paid for so you can simply drop it in the mail.
  • Track your ballot. Sign up for ballot tracking alerts at elections.hawaii.gov or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) for assistance with enrolling.
  • Assistance is available. If you are in need of assistance with casting your ballot, the following accessible options are available:  Request an alternate format ballot and mark your ballot using your personal compatible device. Visit elections.hawaii.gov to learn more about accessible voting through November 8.

 

Voter Service Centers provide services for accessible in-person voting, replacement ballots and same-day voter registration and voting.through at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale, Nov. 7, Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Sundays) Last day of voting, November, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 530 S King St.; Kapolei Hale Conference, Rooms A, B, and C,1000 Uluohia Street, Kapolei.Voters going to the Voter Service Center should take a picture ID.

Pop-Up Voter Service Centers: Kāne‘ohe District Park – (Meeting Room)45-660 Kea‘ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe, Oct. 25 to 29, Tuesday through Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m; Wahiawa District Park – (Ceramics Room) poolside parking lot, via Kilani Avenue, 1129 Kilani Avenue, Wahiawa, Nov. 1 to 5, Tuesday through Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information on location and hours of operations for Voter Service Center and Ballot Drop Box locations, visit www.honoluluelections.us. The Office of Elections is offering extended phone hours through Election Day, to assist with voter questions call (808) 453-VOTE (8683) or toll-free 800-453-8683.elections.hawaii.gov or call (808) 453-VOTE (8683).