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2012 Election Guide: How to vote in Hawaii

LAST UPDATED: 5:10 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2012


Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. People in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote.


Bring a photo ID with a signature, such as a Hawaii driver’s license.


Election officials say that to avoid long lines at polling places, vote during nonpeak hours of 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. While the ballot-marking process might be relatively quick, voters should be prepared to wait in line as people feed their ballots into the voting machine.


If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote or where your polling place is, call your county clerk (see numbers below). They ask that you call before Nov. 6 or visit


Voter assistance officials are assigned to each polling place. They help people with physical disabilities or who have difficulty with reading. They can help people vote curbside if they cannot leave their cars and provide other help. A voter can also have a person of their choice help them in the voting booth as long as that person is not the voter’s employer or an agent of the voter’s employer or union.


They are not allowed under Hawaii election laws.


The law entitles people to at least two consecutive hours off from work to vote if they do not have two hours before or after work to vote.


Voter information is available on a website created by the state Office of Elections and county clerks:


Registered voters may vote early at walk-in absentee voting sites on all islands, except Lanai and Niihau. Most are open during normal business hours through Nov. 3. Call your county clerk’s office for details. Anyone registered to vote can vote early. No special reason is needed.


People with disabilities, including the blind, those who have difficulty marking a ballot or those who have other disabilities, may vote on a device called a Disabled Accessibility Unit, or DAU. One will be at each voting site; poll watchers will provide help.


Not sure which candidates will be on your ballot?

The Office of Elections website allows voters to view precinct ballots online.

Go to and click on the link “Polling Place Locator” near the top of the home page, then click on search and type in your address. That will bring up a map and you can find a facsimile ballot by scrolling through the bottom section.

This link also gives you the address and directions to your polling place.


Call your county clerk:

» Honolulu (Oahu): 768-3800

» Hawaii (Big Island): 961-8277

» Maui: 270-7749

» Kauai: 241-4800

For help on election day, call the state Office of Elections at 453-VOTE (8683). Neighbor islanders can call toll-free 800-442-8683 or contact their county clerk.



1. Take a picture ID with your signature on it to the polling place. Check your yellow voter registration notice for your polling place location. Or check online at

2. You will be asked to sign a poll book to record that you voted.

3. You will be given a ballot. Be sure to check both sides of your ballot before voting.

4. Go into the voting booth. Be sure to fill in the rectangular box next to your candidate’s name completely. The machine might not count your vote if this is marked incorrectly. Your vote will not count if you vote for more candidates than allowed in a contest.

5. When done voting, place the ballot in the ballot secrecy folder to protect the privacy of your vote.

6. An election official will tear off the ballot stub. Keep the stub as proof of your vote.

7. Go to the eScan ballot box station, where an official will assist you in the use of the eScan machine. You remove your ballot from the secrecy folder and carefully insert it into the ballot feed slot.

8. If a voter mistakenly votes more times than he or she is allowed in a single contest, the machine will return the ballot to the voter and display instruction messages for each contest that requires attention.

9. The voter should see a precinct official to go through a “spoiled ballot” procedure to correct the error. If the voter does not use a proper marking instrument or does not properly mark the ballot (by completely darkening the box next to his/her choice) or leaves the ballot blank, the machine will return the ballot to the voter and display instruction messages for each contest that requires attention. The voter should see a precinct official to correct the condition.



You may vote from Oct. 23 through Nov. 3 at early voting sites across the state:


» Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St., Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

» Kapolei Hale, 1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St., Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

» Pali Golf Course Clubhouse, 45-050 Kamehameha Highway, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Maui County

» Maui County Clerk’s Office, 200 S. High St. Room 708, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

» Mitchell Pauole Center conference room, 90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

Hawaii County

» Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi St., Hilo, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

» West Hawaii Civic Center Community Room (Building G), 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

» Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Waimea, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kauai County

» Historic County Annex Basement, 4386 Rice St., Lihue, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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