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General Election – Six Things to Know About Voting by Mail

Posted on: August 19, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized

As the 2020 General Election approaches, there are a few things you should know about casting your ballot by mail for the November 3rd General Election.

  1. Election 2020There will be no traditional polling places established. Do not go to your polling place on Election Day. As a registered voter, you will automatically receive your ballot in the mail.
  2. Verify your voter registration record. To ensure you will receive your ballot in the mail, check your voter registration status online at by logging in with your Hawaii Driver License or Hawaii State ID, or by calling your County Elections Division. By law, ballots cannot be forwarded through the mail, so if you have moved or changed your mailing address or name, you must update your voter registration. This can also be done online or by submitting a paper Voter Registration Application.
  3. Prepare before your ballot arrives. Utilize the View Your Sample Ballot Tool to review the contests and ballot questions that will appear on your ballot. You may choose to visit the 2020 Candidates page for contact information provided by candidates, which includes websites and/or email addresses, for more information on the respective candidates.
  4. Complete your ballot. You can expect to receive your ballot by October 16 for the General Election. Your ballot packet will include a personalized postage-paid return envelope, ballot secrecy sleeve, and ballot. Read the instructions, mark your ballot with a blue or black pen, seal it in your return envelope, and sign the envelope. The return envelope must be signed for the ballot to be counted.
  5. Return your ballot. Voted ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at a voter service center or place of deposit. If you are returning your ballot by mail, you should do so by October 27. After October 27, you should drop off your ballot to a place of deposit in your county. All voted ballots must be received by 7:00 pm on Election Day November 3. Visit the Voter Service Centers and Places of Deposit page for location details.
  6. Track your ballot. You may check the status of your ballot, including whether it has been created, received, and validated by utilizing the Track Your Ballot Tool, or by calling your County Elections Division. Visit the County Elections Divisions page for the phone numbers to the respective County offices.

During these uncertain times, we encourage you to vote safe. Your mailbox is your ballot box. To learn more about voting by mail, or to check your voter registration, visit or contact the Hawaii Office of Elections at (808) 453-VOTE (8683).