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VRM in the States: Hawaii

Hawaii currently has online voter registration, same day registration, portability, and preregistration.

Last Updated: December 9, 2019
Published: April 6, 2018

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 implemented Election Day registration in 2018. Hawaii implemented Election Day corrections in 2019, allowing registered voters to correct accidentally misspelled names or those accidentally registered in the wrong precinct.
  • 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.
  • Preregistration: 16- and 17-year-olds can preregister to vote. Those who preregister can vote once they turn 18 without needing to re-register.

Gains from Voter Registration Modernization in Hawaii

  • Between the 2015 launch of online voter registration and the November 2016 election, the state received 24,724 new voter registration applications through its online portal.