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Voter Registration

2018 Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 12, 2018
2018 General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, October 08, 2018


  • Online: Must have a Valid State of Hawaii Driver’s License or State Identification Card to register.

  • By Mail: Mail in voter registration form is widely available. Mail the completed Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration to the Hilo Elections Division.

  • In Person: Visit the Hilo or Kona Elections Division Office to complete an Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration.

  • Department of Motor Vehicles: The State of Hawai‘i Application for Motor Vehicle Driver’s License also contains a Motor Voter Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration allowing any individual to simultaneously apply for a driver’s license and register to vote.


You can also obtain voter Registration forms from:

  • County of Hawai‘i Elections Division Offices
  • County Satellite Offices
  • Post Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • State, County, and Federal Websites

Should You Re-Register to Vote?

  • You should re-register if you changed your name, residence address or mailing address.


    Permanent Absentee Mail-In Voting

    Permanent absentee voting allows registered voters to receive their ballots by mail for future elections. In order to receive your absentee ballots permanently, you must follow the instructions and complete the Permanent Absentee Application correctly. You will remain on the list of Permanent Absentee Voters unless you fail to return a voter ballot by 6:00 p.m. election day in both the primary and general election, register to vote in another jurisdiction, or fail to keep your voter registration updated. Please note that if you update your Voter Registration information, you must re-apply for the Permanent Absentee ballot in order for you to receive your ballot in the mail.

    In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote.

    Young Voter Registration Program

    The Young Voter Registration Program (YVRP) is geared toward Junior and Senior students in high school to increase voter awareness and election information as they become eligible to vote. Each election year, the County of Hawai‘i Elections Division reaches out to public and private schools across the Big Island that are willing to participate.


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