Casting your ballot
1. Take a picture ID with your signature to the polling place. Check your yellow notice of voter registration and address confirmation card for your correct polling place location.
2. Be sure to look at both sides of your ballot before voting. Four political parties and a nonpartisan section will be on the ballot along with the special nonpartisan offices.
3. Go into the voting booth and select which party you are voting for in the left-hand section of the ballot. Then vote ONLY for candidates of the party you selected. Votes for another party’s candidates will not be counted. If you do not select the party you are voting for or vote in the section different than the party you selected, the vote counting machine will reject the ballot and give the voter a chance to redo it.
If you vote for offices in more than one section, your vote could be invalid. You must vote for candidates of the party you selected. Be sure to vote in one section (party) and the section for special nonpartisan races, such as the Board of Education and City Council.
4. Be sure to fill in the 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 into 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 ballot box machine. You remove your ballot from the secrecy folder and carefully insert your ballot into the ballot feed slot.
8. If the voter mistakenly votes more times than he or she is allowed in a single contest or crosses over to vote in different party sections, 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 go through a “spoiled ballot” procedure to correct the error.
9. 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.
Where to vote early
Registered voters who want to vote before the Sept. 20 primary election can do so from Sept. 8-18 at the following locations:
» Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St.: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
» University of Hawaii Campus Center, Room 306: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
» Aiea Shopping Center, suite 246 (Middle level):
Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
» Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia St., Conference Room A & B: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
» Windward Mall, directly across Farrell’s: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
COUNTY OF MAUI
» Office of the County Clerk, 200 S. High St., #708, Wailuku: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
» Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiilani Highway: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Lahaina site will be closed on Oct. 31.)
» Molokai — Mitchell Pauole Center, 90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, conference room: Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon.
Sept. 18: 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
COUNTY OF KAUAI
» Historic County Annex, 4386 Rice St., Lihue (next to the Historic County Building): Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
COUNTY OF HAWAII
The Hilo Elections Division early vote site has all ballot types. All other sites have only the ballot types for their area. Hawaii County voters should call the County Clerk’s Elections Division at 961-8277 for information.
» Elections Division, Hilo Iron Works Building, 1266 Kamehameha Ave., #A-1: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
» Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela:
Monday- Thursday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
» Kona Elections Satelite Office, Alii Plaza Building, 75-143 Hualalai Road, No. 103:
Monday- Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
» Pahala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St.:
Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Closed noon-1 p.m.)
» North Kohala District Courthouse, 54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway:
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
* (Closed noon - 1 p.m.)
» Pahoa Elections Satellite Office, 15-2660 Pahoa Village Road, No. 104 (Near Pahoa Market Place):
Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.