Increasing Voter Participation in Hawaii
As the primary and general election dates approach, voter participation is needed now more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for community cooperation to create and uphold stable systems at local, state, and national levels.
Hawaii was already shifting to ‘vote-by-mail’ prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a good thing. However, many people don’t know how it will work or the timelines that we need to be aware of in order to have our vote count.
In 2019, the State of Hawaii passed Act 136 (SLH 2019), implementing elections by mail beginning with the 2020 Elections. This law eliminates the use of polling places on Election Day; instead, ballots will automatically be mailed to registered voters and can be submitted upon completion by mail or in-person at designated Voter Service Centers.
We are asking organizations and businesses to support Hawaii’s new vote-by-mail transition and share the official how-to vote-by-mail information from the Office of Elections with members and customers. It’s one way we can insure safer participation when electing those who will reprsent our voices during the recovery ahead.
General Election Dates
October 5: Last day to register to vote to receive vote by mail ballot for general
October 16: Vote by mail packets arrive for general
October 20: Voter service centers open through election day for walk up voting and same day registration
November 3: General Election