Hawaii Votes by Mail
By Kathy Kaohu, Maui County Clerk
Aloha Molokai! Beginning with the 2020 Elections, all registered voters statewide will automatically receive their ballot packet at the mailing address associated with their voter registration. Molokai voters are encouraged to participate in this important process.
Kalaupapa was the first community to go to an “all mail” voting system many years ago, have a high ballot return rate per capita and were trail-blazers in voting by mail. Let’s follow their lead!
Ballot packet delivery will be conducted via Hawaii’s election partner, the United States Postal Service and can be expected to arrive in mailboxes as early as July 15. Voters are reminded to contact the Maui County Clerks Office at (808) 270-7749 if they haven’t received their ballot packet by July 21.
While the Primary election day is set for Saturday, Aug. 8, voters do not need to wait to complete and return their ballot. Contained in the ballot packet will be 1) a blank Primary ballot, 2) a ballot secrecy sleeve, 3) a postage-paid return mail envelope, and 4) a “Voting in the Primary Election” Frequently Asked Questions “FAQ” flyer.
Registered Voters are encouraged to review the enclosed FAQ, the contests, and candidates on both sides of the ballot. A properly marked ballot counts 100 percent of the time. When marking your candidate selection, completely fill in the box to the left of your choice with a black or blue pen.
Hawaii conducts a “Single-Party” Primary Election to nominate the candidates who will represent each party in the General Election. Remember to Select only one political party preference, and only vote for the candidates of your selected political party preference.
If you change your mind or make a mistake, please contact the Maui County Clerk’s office at Tel: (808) 270-7749 for a replacement ballot. Do not use white-out or cross out a choice and initial, as this will invalidate your ballot.
Complete your ballot by voting, place voted ballot into ballot secrecy sleeve, then into the self-addressed postage-paid return envelope, seal, sign the affirmation statement on the return envelope, and mail. Voters must sign the return envelope for their ballot to be counted.
Return your voted ballot by mail or in-person to the Voter Service Center located at the Michell Pau`ole Center Conference Room beginning July 27 to Aug. 7 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Sundays) and on Aug. 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mailed voted ballots must be received by the County Elections Division by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Saturday, Aug. 8. If returning your ballot via the Postal Service, it is strongly recommended that you drop it in the mail at least five days before the Election Day to ensure it is received by the deadline.
• Keep your Voter Registration information up to date.
• Polling places will no longer be established for voting on Election Day.
• Request an Absentee Ballot if you will be off-island
• Voting closes at 7:00 P.M. on Election Day
The Maui County Election Clerks are standing by and ready to assist the voting public with their needs. Contact the Maui County Office of the County Clerks for more information by calling (808) 270-7749 or the State Office of Elections at elections.hawaii.gov.