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VRM in the States: Hawaii

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

Last Updated: February 9, 2021
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.
  • 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.