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New Voting Registration Law as of July 11, 2018

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Election Day Registration, also known as “same day registration,” was signed into law as Act 182 on July 11, 2018.

A Hawaii resident aged 18 years or older can now register and vote on the same day at either Early Voting Walk-in centers or at his/her precinct on Election Day (Primary and General). This is the description from the State Office of Elections website:


To reduce possible delays or confusion, same day registrants should bring two forms of ID, a photo ID and a document evidencing residence, such as a paycheck stub or utility bill. Examples are listed on the State Office of Elections website.

It is important to note that those registering to vote on Election Day (August 11 for the Primary and November 6 for the General), must register at their precinct. Precinct locations may be found on the Elections website or the League of Women Voters’ candidate information website,

Because the 2018 Elections will be the first times the change will be in effect, same day registrants are asked to be understanding if problems arise … and to report problems to the League of Women Voters of Hawaii and Hawaii County (

The deadline for both Primary and General elections remains the same: 30 days before an election. That is October 9 for the General. Registering 30 days before the elections will put the voter on the precinct voter list, which will reduce wait times and processing at the precinct.

If people with questions about whether they are registered to vote, do not recall receiving a yellow postcard back in April, or want to confirm a recent registration, they should call the County of Hawaii Elections Division, (808) 961-8277.

Written by: KNKR News

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