VRM in the States: Hawaii

Hawaii currently has the Portability component of Voter Registration Modernization in place, and Online Registration will go into effect in 2016. Election Day Registration will go into effect at absentee polling places in 2016, and in all precinct polling places in 2018. Hawaii also allows 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote.

February 1, 2017

Advances in Voter Registration Modernization

  • Online Voter Registration: Hawaii launched online voter registration through the Office of Elections in 2015. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.
  • Same Day Registration: Hawaii implemented limited same day registration in 2016. Voters can register and vote on the same day during the in-person early voting period, though they cannot do so on Election Day. Hawaii will implement Election Day registration in 2018.
  • Portability: Registered voters who move within the state without updating their registration can, on Election Day, fill out a change of address form at their new polling place and cast a regular ballot.